BREAKING: Yankees land Montas, bolster their bullpen in pair of deals

In the leadup to an otherwise very boring trade deadline (so far), the speculation around Yankee land was where would the help come from. After seeing their top target Luis Castillo head to the Mariners for a steep price, the Yankees needed to shift. They have been in rumors for weeks about seeing help for their starting rotation as well as their bullpen. After weeks of nothing but rumors, the Yankees finally struck Tuesday, agreeing to a deal for Oakland A’s ace Frankie Montas. Also included in the deal is A’s reliever Lou Trivino.

The return for Montas and Trivino is not insignificant, the Yankees sent back LHP JP Sears, INF Cooper Bowman, RHP Luis Medina and LHP Ken Waldichuk. Waldichuk would seem to be the headliner in the deal for the A’s, as he’s been a rising star and strikeout machine in the Yankees minor league system; Medina has flashed great potential and has decently high upside as well. The Yankees paying a price like this in a deadline deal represents a change from recent seasons as they’ve often opted for less significant moves and deals that can be made a reasonable cost in money and prospects. They’ve watched in recent trade deadlines and aces like Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer have slipped through their fingers and gone to other contenders. Making this deal now would seem to indicate a change in urgency by Yankees and that they know they have a real opportunity this year to make a run for a championship.

In a separate deal on Monday, the Yankees also acquired reliever Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor leaguer RHP Hayden Wesneski. The Effross deal seemingly came out of nowhere and has a lot of potential as another Cashman bullpen steal. Effross is a rookie with a 2.66 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 5 years of team control remaining. He has flashed stuff with great movement and potential and the Yankees are surely hoping that once he gets to work with Matt Blake, he will become another buy low success story such as Clay Holmes. 

Article by Matt Graziano



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