Yankees pick up Montas and Trivino from A’s
The New York Yankees pick up two pitchers from the Oakland Athletics in a blockbuster move that will see the Bronx push hard into the post season
The Yankees have been tipped to trade big before the deadline as the team with the most wins in baseball try and push for their first World Series in 13 years.
A lot of focus has been on the supporting cast around their offensive SCUD missile in Aaron Judge, but on the defensive side of the ball, the pitching has been a worry for the pinstripes as well. Things may have gotten a lot brighter in the Bronx with news that the Yankees have picked up not one, but two great arms from the Oakland A’s.
Frankie Montas has been consistently named as a top trade target around a league that will be spending big on pitchers this year. With a 3.18 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP, he has been linked to Toronto and Minnesota, but it is the Yankees who have landed him, strengthening an already impressive bullpen.
In exchange for pitchers JP Sears, Ken Waldichuk, and Luis Medina, plus a sweetener in second baseman Cooper Bowman, the A’s are sending over their hot starting pitcher and closer Lou Trivino.
Trevino has struggled to close the door this season for Oakland, but that 1.88 WHIP indicates that there may be some life that the Yankees can squeeze from his arm yet.
As for Montas, he will likely slip directly into the Yankees rotation at a time in the season when every win is worth its weight in gold. With Luis Castillo joining the Mariners earlier this week, Montas’ signing with the AL East’s top team is perhaps the biggest news from the mound in the league.
With the biggest competition for the Yankees in the form of the Houston Astros, news that they have picked up Trey Mancini to add a big bat to their already formidable arsenal means that the battle lines are drawn in the American League. With one of the hottest arms in baseball now in their stable, the Yankees are more than capable of making a deep run into the post season.