The A’s get left-handers Ken Waldichuk and JP Sears, right-hander Luis Medina and second baseman Cooper Bowman from the Yankees. Waldichuk, 24, was the fifth-highest-ranked prospect in the Yankees farm system, according to MLB.com.
The American League’s top Yankees had a busy deadline, acquiring the outfielder André Benintendi and rookie reliever Scott Effros before solidifying an already strong rotation and bullpen with the acquisitions of Montas and Trivino.
The trade for Montas is the second involving a highly sought-after starting pitcher this week, following Seattle’s acquisition of right-hander Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds for a four-perspective package.
Montas, a 29-year-old who is not eligible for free agency until after the 2023 season, has shown flashes of excellence since signing with Boston in 2009. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers before moving to Oakland, where he blossomed over the past six seasons to become the pitcher who this season has 104⅔ innings on the ball ERA 3.18 with 109 strikeouts, 28 walks and a dozen home runs allowed.
“His talent level, especially with the way he’s thrown the last two years, is just excited to bring him in,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. He’s come out and proven for the last two years that he’s that kind of caliber thrower.”
A shoulder injury sidelined Montas for a start in mid-July, but he came back with three shutout innings, followed by a five-inning start and two earned runs against Houston. It was a sufficient sample to attract a wide range of teams – large and small.
“I think we’re comfortable with his shoulder position,” Boone said.
left handed Jordan Montgomery is 0-2 with a 5.36 ERA in his last eight starts and right-handed Jameson Taillon is 1-1 with a 5.04 ERA in his last five. Louis Severino hasn’t pitched since July 13 due to lateral strain and was moved to the 60-day injured list Monday with right-handed reliever Miguel Castro, out since July 10 with a strained right shoulder.
As for Monday night’s series opener against Seattle, german domingo had an 8.22 ERA in his first two starts after recovering from a right shoulder impingement.
The Yankees won the Montas toss and add a starter who will slot into a playoff rotation with a fastball-slider-splitter mix that has proven effective all season. Montas went at least five innings in 15 of his first 16 starts, with the sole exception of one game in which he was hit in the hand by a comebacker and left the game after 1⅔ innings.
Trivino, a 30-year-old right-hander, is 1-6 with a 6.47 ERA — double his 2021 figure — and 10 saves in 13 opportunities. Right-handed batters are batting .289 against him this year while left-handers are batting .392 with nine walks in 60 plate appearances.
“A slightly down year statistically, but we don’t think that’s consistent with what we’re seeing on some underlying things and who we think he is,” Boone said. “He’s been a really good reliever for them on some playoff-caliber teams.
Trivino joins one of the majors’ top bullpen, but one that has struggled with injuries of late. green chad, Michael King and Zack Breton are all on the 60-day injured list with Green and King set to miss the rest of the season.
Waldichuk, who pitches at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, is 6-3 with a 2.71 total ERA in 17 starts for two clubs in the Yankees’ minor league system this season and has 116 strikeouts in batting in 76⅓ innings.
Sears, 26, is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in 22 innings for the Yankees in the majors this season and 1-1 with a 1.67 ERA in 43 innings in Triple- HAS. Medina, 23, is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 17 starts for Double-A Somerset this season.
Bowman, 22, is hitting .217 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs for Class A Hudson Valley this season.
The Yankees also opted for the right-hander Clarke Schmidt in Scranton and promoted right-hander Carlos Espinal from the RailRiders.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.