Athletics trade Montas, Trivino to Yankees in 6-player swap

Posted: 02/08/2022 in MLB
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The New York Yankees acquired right-hander Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino from the Oakland Athletics on Monday for left-handers Ken Waldichuk and J.P. Sears, right-hander Luis Medina, and second baseman Cooper Bowman, according to a team announcement.

Montas was one of the top starting pitchers available on the trade market after a solid six-year stretch with the Athletics, posting a 35-30 record alongside a 3.70 ERA and 9.3 K/9 in Oakland.

The hard-throwing right-hander gives the Yankees rotation another weapon, joining Gerrit ColeNestor CortesJordan MontgomeryJameson Taillon, and Domingo German.

Montas has roughly $1.7 million of his $5.025-million salary remaining for this campaign, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The 29-year-old is arbitration eligible in 2023 before he becomes a free agent at the end of next season.

Trivino owns a 4.04 ERA and 9.5 K/9 in five seasons with Oakland. He’s collected 36 saves over 263 innings throughout his career.

The 30-year-old is owed about $1 million this campaign, per Feinsand. Trivino has two years of arbitration eligibility remaining before becoming a free agent in 2025.

Trivino is the second reliever acquired by Brian Cashman and the Yankees on Monday. New York added right-hander Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs earlier in the day.

The rebuilding A’s added four of the Yankees’ top-30 prospects in the trade but couldn’t pry away Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza, or Jasson Dominguez.

Waldichuk was the No. 5-ranked prospect in the Yankees’ system, according to MLB Pipeline.

The 24-year-old has posted a 6-3 record with a 2.71 ERA and 13.7 K/9 in 17 starts between Double-A and Triple-A this season.

Sears made his big-league debut with the Yankees on April 13. The southpaw went 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 22 innings in New York this campaign. He’s also pitched well in the minors in 2022, authoring a 1.67 ERA and 11.5 K/9 in 43 innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The 23-year-old Medina has spent his entire 2022 campaign with Double-A Somerset, going 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 17 starts. He’s also recorded 81 strikeouts in 72 innings.

The Yankees chose Bowman in the fourth round of the 2021 draft. The 22-year-old Louisville product slashed .217/.343/.355 with 35 RBIs and 35 steals for High-A Hudson Valley this season.

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