The New York Yankees made a move to bolster their pitching staff and their bullpen on Monday ahead of the trade deadline.
The Yankees acquired right-handed pitchers Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino from the Oakland Athletics for left-handed pitchers J.P. Sears and Kevin Waldichuk, right-handed pitcher Luis Medina and infielder Cooper Bowman.
Montas, 29, was in his sixth season with Oakland. In 19 starts this season, he had a 3.18 ERA with 109 strikeouts. He earned American League Cy Young award votes last season, finishing in sixth place for the award.
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Trivino, a 30-year-old relief pitcher, was in his fifth season with the A’s. This season, he’s appeared in 39 games but has a 6.47 ERA and 45 strikeouts.
Oakland received a handful of solid young players in return.
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Sears, 26, made his debut with the Yankees this year. In seven games, he had a 2.05 ERA in those games. He appeared in 11 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Waldichuk, 24, made 17 starts between Scranton/Wilkes Barre and Double-A Somerset this season.
Medina, 23, has been in the minor leagues for about six seasons. He’s played mostly for Somerset this season, recording a 3.38 ERA and 81 strikeouts. Bowman, the only batter in the deal, was a fourth-round pick in the 2021 draft. He played at Single-A Hudson Valley this season and batted .217 with eight homers.
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The Yankees entered Monday 69-34 — the best record in baseball. Oakland was 39-65 and sitting in last place in the American League West division.