Yankees acquire RHP Frankie Montas and RHP Lou Trivino

The New York Yankees announced Monday that they have acquired RHP Frankie Montas and RHP Lou Trivino from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for LHP JP Sears, INF Cooper Bowman, RHP Luis Medina and LHP Ken Waldichuk.

Montas, 29, has gone 4-9 with a 3.18 ERA (104.2IP, 91H, 44R/37ER, 28BB, 109K, 12HR) in 19 starts this season. The right-handed pitcher has allowed 2ER-or-fewer in 14 of his 19 starts this year and 1ER-or-fewer in nine starts. Montas has tossed at least 6.0 innings in 12 of his 19 starts this season.

He has held opponents to a .233/.284/.372 (91-for-390) slash line, posting the eighth-lowest opponents’ on-base percentage in the American League. He also ranks seventh in the American League in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (9.37) and 10th in WHIP (1.14).

Since the beginning of May, Montas has posted a 2.76 ERA (75.0IP, 23ER) in 14 starts. Over that same stretch, he has allowed 2ER-or-fewer in 11 of his 14 starts. Over his last five starts since June 23, he has posted a 1.96 ERA (23.0IP, 5ER).

In seven seasons with the Chicago White Sox (2015) and Oakland Athletics (2017-22), he has gone 35-32 with a 3.73 ERA (552.2IP, 523H, 260R/229ER, 181BB, 578K, 66HR) in 121 career games (91 starts). His 3.49 ERA (505.2IP, 196ER) since 2018 is the fourth-lowest ERA in the American League in that span. Montas has struck out 376 batters over his last three seasons (since 2020), the sixth-most in the American League during that stretch.

The Sainagua, D.R., native was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent on December 14, 2009 and has been traded four times during his career. On December 14, 2013, Montas was traded to the Chicago White Sox as part of a three-team deal in which the White Sox acquired OF Avisaíl García from the Detroit Tigers and RHP J.B. Wendelken and INF Cleuluis Rondon from Boston. The Red Sox acquired RHP Jake Peavy from the White Sox and RHP Brayan Villarreal from Detroit and the Tigers acquired INF José Iglesias from Boston. On July 30, 2015, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers with INF Micah Johnson and OF Trayce Thompson in a three-team trade in which the Dodgers sent INF Brandon Dixon, INF José Peraza and OF Scott Schebler to the Cincinnati Reds and the Reds sent INF Todd Frazier to the White Sox. He was then acquired by the Oakland Athletics with RHP Jharel Cotton and RHP Grant Holmes from the Dodgers in exchange for LHP Rich Hill and OF Josh Reddick on August 1, 2016.

Trivino, 30, is 20-23 with a 4.04 ERA (263.0IP, 234H, 131R/118ER, 120BB, 277K, 28HR) in 260 appearances (one start) over five Major League seasons, all with Oakland (2018-22). Over his big league career, he has held right-handed batters to a .211 batting average, .299 on-base percentage and .319 slugging percentage (.618 OPS), with 117H, 16 doubles, 1 triple, 14HR, 60BB and 173K in 632 batters faced (554AB).

In 2022, he is 1-6 with 10 saves and a 6.47 ERA (32.0IP, 46H, 25R/23ER, 14BB, 45K, 5HR) in 39 relief appearances. Additionally this season, he has allowed just 2-of-20 (10.0%) inherited runners to score, which is tied for the third-lowest percentage in the Majors.

In his first season as the A’s closer in 2021, he was eighth in the AL in saves (22) and tied for eighth in tied for eighth in games pitched (71), posting a 7-8 record with a 3.18 ERA (73.2IP, 58H, 32R/26ER, 34BB, 67K, 5HR), while allowing just 0.61 home runs per 9.0 innings and a .310 slugging average against.

In five career postseason appearances, he has a 1.59 ERA (5.2IP, 2H, 1R/1ER, 2BB, 6K, 1HR) without a decision, appearing in the 2018 Wild Card game at the Yankees, the 2020 Wild Card Series against Chicago-AL and the 2020 ALDS against Houston. The 6’5” Pennsylvania native was originally selected in the 11th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft from Slippery Rock University.

Sears, 26, made his Major League debut with the Yankees this season, going 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA (22.0IP, 14H, 5R/5ER, 5BB, 15K, 1HR) in seven games, including two starts. With Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2022, he went 1-1 with a 1.67 ERA (43.0IP, 24H, 12R/8ER, 7BB, 55K, 3HR) in 11 games (nine starts). The left-hander has appeared in 77 games with 43 starts over five career minor league seasons (2017-19, ’20-21), posting a 17-14 record with a 2.86 ERA (277.1IP, 202H, 103R/88ER, 75BB, 341K, 24HR). Originally drafted by Seattle in the 11th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of The Citadel, he was acquired by the Yankees on November 18, 2017, along with RHP Juan Then in exchange for RHP Nick Rumbelow.

Bowman, 22, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2021 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Louisville. In two minor league seasons with the Yankees, the right-handed hitting South Dakota native has batted .227 (91-for-401) with 74R, 24 doubles, 2 triples, 12 home runs, 58RBI, 48SB, 66BB and a .346 on-base percentage in 111 games at Low-A Tampa (28G in 2021), the Florida Complex League Yankees (5G in 2021) and High-A Hudson Valley (80G in 2022). At Single-A Hudson Valley this year, he batted .217 (65-for-299) with 54R, 15 doubles, 1 triple, 8HR, 35RBI, 35SB, 55BB and a .343 on-base percentage, starting 58 games at second base and 16 games at shortstop.

Medina, 23, has gone 14-20 with a 4.46 ERA (361.1IP, 287H, 212R/179ER, 244BB, 431K, 28HR) over six minor league seasons (2016-19, ’21-22) with the Yankees. A right-handed starting pitcher, Medina made 17 appearances (all starts) with Double-A Somerset in 2022, going 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA (72.0IP, 46H, 32R/27ER, 40BB, 81K). In 2021, he pitched for High-A Hudson Valley and Double-A Somerset, combining to go 6-4 with a 3.39 ERA (106.1IP, 83H, 45R/40ER, 60BB, 133K, 11HR) in 22 games (21 starts). Born in Nagua, D.R., Medina was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on July 8, 2015.

Waldichuk, 24, has gone 12-8 with a 3.42 ERA (215.2IP, 149H, 82R/72ER, 91BB, 328K, 22HR) over three minor league seasons (2019, ’21-22) with the Yankees. In 2022, the left-handed pitcher has made 17 combined starts with Double-A Somerset (6GS) and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (11GS) going a combined 6-3 with a 2.71 ERA (76.1IP, 54H, 26R/23ER, 33BB, 116K, 7HR). He previously split the 2021 season between High-A Hudson Valley (7G/7GS) and Double-A Somerset (16G/14GS), combining to go 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA (110.0IP, 76H, 44R/37ER, 51BB, 163K, 13HR) in 23 games (21 starts). Waldichuk was named an MiLB.com Organization All-Star in 2021 after leading all Yankees minor leaguers in strikeouts and ranking fourth in ERA. The San Diego, Calif., native was selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft out of Saint Mary’s College of California.