Yankees Acquire Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino

The Yankees announced the acquisition of Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino from the Athletics.

The Athletics will receive pitchers JP Sears, Ken Waldichuk, and Luis Medina, as well as second baseman Cooper Bowman, in exchange.

Montas, along with Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle, has been regarded as one of the best starting pitchers available at the trade deadline.

The Yankees were interested in Castillo, but he was recently traded to the Mariners.

Montas has been a reliable member of Oakland's rotation for several years, first breaking through in 2018.

Despite a down year in 2020, Montas has a career 3.73 ERA with a strikeout rate of 24.8 percent, a walk rate of 7.8 percent, and a ground ball rate of 43.5 percent.

He's been pitching at an even higher level, with a 3.30 ERA, 26.3 percent strikeout rate, 7.1% walk rate, and 44 percent grounder rate.

Despite his strong play, Montas has appeared to be an unavoidable trade candidate for quite some time.

“He’s got the full arsenal, the weapons and stuff you look for in a top-of-the-rotation guy,” Boone said

“He’s gone out and proved that the last couple of years, that he is that kind of caliber pitcher

He had a hiccup there with his shoulder; he’s building up his pitch count and threw 78 the last time

I think we’re comfortable with where he’s at shoulder-wise, and I know he’s going to be a big addition to the staff.”

The Yankees have sputtered in the pitching department lately, especially after season-ending injuries to relievers Chad Green and Michael King.

Effross and Trivino should help in the relief department, while Montas provides New York with a solid starter