For a team in such an enviable position — first in the division, the best record in MLS, on track to cross 100 wins — YankeesThe front office is still entering deadline season with clear work to be done before August 2. They needed a left-handed hitter. They can also use another starter and remover as well.
Now they take care of all that.
After crossing the left-wing hitter by acquiring Andrew Benintende from the Royal Family on Wednesday, they had even more success on Monday, striking a deal with as such For Beginners Frankie Montas and The Savior Le Trevino. Montas represents the best start available now that Luis Castillo is out of the market with the Mariners. In the meantime, Trivino offers more upside than you might expect given its 6.47 ERA. (More on that later.) The asking price was four young players — bowlers Ken Valdychuk, JB Sears, Louis Medina and second baseman Cooper Bowman — who make real promise but, unlike Valdychuk, represent none of the club’s top minors. Knights.
In other words, New York fulfilled all its needs while holding on to all the chances of the top player in the center.
The Yankees’ motivation here was clear: It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the team that owns a field in the playoff game should need more depth. Their employees have been in good health for most of this year. But there have been a few infections recently – beginning Louis Severino He came out with a tight shoulder and will miss Michael King the rest of the season after breaking his elbow – and the team had their worst month so far in July. It was only wise to look for reinforcements, and in a market where talent doesn’t flow, Montas and Trevino are a logical pair to grab.
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In getting Montas, the Yankees had the best increase available for rotation. (By a fairly large margin: Castillo Montas led the junior market, followed by Tyler Mahley subordinate reds, but there is a fairly clear gap between them and everyone else available.) 29-year-old Montas is in control of the team until the end of next season. His 2021 seemed like a breakthrough: It was the first time he made over 100 runs in a season, after dealing with a variety of injuries earlier in his career, and finished as a candidate in the bottom ballot Cy Young with a 3.37 ERA. (122 ERA+). He’s maintained that kind of performance so far this year. Much of that was sticking to the change he made to his pitch mix last season: He stopped relying so much on his weights, once his most frequent pitch, and started using his quadruped and spacer stitching more. Although he missed two starts last month with a shoulder problem, Montas managed to avoid IL, and he currently has a 3.18 ERA (118 ERA+). He will enter near the top of the Yankees rotation – behind him Gerrit Cole– That should be a great help over the run.
On the other hand, the 30-year-old Trevino has faced a lot of squabbles this year. (See: That’s 6.47 ERA.) But it’s not hard to guess what the Yankees found attractive here. Despite his struggles this season, he still had a high career strike percentage (28.7%) and low walk percentage (8.9%), with the introduction of a new slider that was very effective. He’s had extraordinarily bad luck with hitting balls—the Trivino .451 BABIP is louder than any loyalist in baseball—in a way that doesn’t seem particularly sustainable. Under the Yankees’ coaching staff, Trevino looks like a decent bet to turn things around, and he has two more seasons in control of the team after this one. And it helps that it wasn’t the only addition the Yankees made on Monday: They picked up more depth at right Scott Evros from Cubs.
As for the thousand? They are simply continuing the sales they started this winter. There was no doubt that they would trade Montas. (If anything, it was a little surprising that they moved it Currentlyinstead of four months side by side Matt ChapmanAnd the Chris BassettAnd the Matt Olson And the Shawn Mind.) There weren’t many questions about Trivino either. And the return they got here looks very similar to what they chased in those other professions this winter – pitchers fairly close to playing in the big business. The big name here is 24-year-old Waldichuk, who is left-handed in Triple A and was No. 5 in the Yankees per MLB pipeline and No. 3 of all FanGraphs. There is a slightly more contrast with Medina’s potential client ratings, 23. Pipeline ranked it the 10th best prospect in New York, while FanGraphs ranked it 4th. He has an electric lever, but he struggles a bit with his driving and could end up as a latent damper instead of turning. Sears, 26, has already made his league debut. It’s fair to wonder if the top performers could get a more agile payout either by making this deal in spring training or by being willing to consider talent that isn’t too close to the majors. But they have a clear focus here – shooters who can soon make an impact – and they certainly have continued to do so.
And for the Yankees, there’s a clear focus here, too: the World Championships. They got one step closer on Monday.
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