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Report: Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino Traded to Yankees from Athletics for Prospects

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THE BRAND NEW York Yankees acquired starting pitcher Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino from the Oakland Athletics on Monday.

Oakland received minor league pitchers JP Sears, Ken Waldichuk and Luis Medina and infielder Cooper Bowman in exchange.

YES Network’s Jack Curry first reported the offer.

Trivino may be the second reliever the Yankees added Monday once they finalized a deal for the Chicago Cubs’ Scott Effross.

This move continues Oakland’s teardown. The A’s already dealt Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Sean Manaea and Chris Bassitt, so that it was just a matter of time before Montas followed them out the entranceway.

The 29-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the 2023 season and because of hit free agency following the 2023 campaign. Along with his team anchored to underneath of the American League West at 39-65, keeping him through the trade deadline made less practical sense than cashing in now.

Montas did the A’s a favor by piecing together a solid 2022 campaign.

Things got off on a fairly inauspicious note as he allowed five earned runs in a 9-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day. That poor outing can be an outlier, though. Through 19 appearances, the right-hander has a 3.18 ERA and a 3.36 FIP, per FanGraphs. He’s got struck out 9.4 batters and allowed 2.4 walks per nine innings.

While Montas doesn’t boast exceptional strikeout numbers, he’s got gotten a higher amount of batters to swing at stuff out from the zone. In accordance with Baseball Savant, his chase rate (33.2 percent) ranks in the 88th percentile.

His pitch selection may have something regarding that. He has a pretty close balance between his top four pitches: four-seam fastball (27.1 percent), sinker (22.0 percent), slider (15.6 percent) and splitter (26.0 percent), per Baseball Savant.

Anticipating what Montas will throw is simpler said than done, making life problematic for those standing in the batter’s box.

For contenders seeking to strengthen their rotations, the Dominican Republic native was among the best arms in the marketplace. It had been a battle between him and Cincinnati Reds ace Luis Castillo, plus they basically had the same potential for leaving a last-place team.

Montas’ arrival could have a significant effect on New York’s staff all of those other way and into 2023. And Trivino, who has a 3.84 FIP and 10 saves in 39 appearances, will fortify a bullpen that is beset by injuries all season.

At the very least pertaining to Montas, this is not a trade the Bronx Bombers necessarily had a need to make since they already had a solid five-man unit of Gerrit Cole, Jordan Montgomery, Nestor Cortes, Jameson Taillon and Luis Severino.

Cortes’ emergence specifically seemingly allowed leading office to abandon any quest for a high-profile arm. General manager Brian Cashman obviously begged to differ, and Severino’s shoulder trouble may have had a whole lot related to that.

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