Breaking News: Yankees Acquire Montas, Trivino, and Effross!
No one can say that Brian Cashman and the front office haven't done everything they could to make this team better at the trade deadline this year. The Yankees made two huge deals today.
The Yankees began the afternoon by acquiring an ace reliever from the Cubs...no, not David Robertson like all of us thought. Instead, the Yankees acquired Scott Effross in exchange for pitching prospect Hayden Wesneski:
That's a nice addition in and of itself, but the Yankees weren't done, saving the best for last today (we assume). Just prior to 5:00 today, the Yankees won the Frankie Montas sweepstakes, acquiring Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino in exchange for JP Sears, Ken Waldichuk, Luis Medina, and Cooper Bowman.
We'll have fuller analysis in the hours and days to come, but this Yankee roster looks very different than it did a few days ago. After adding Benintendi to the outfield a few days ago, the Yankees have now added one of the three best starting pitchers available on the market in Montas; a stud reliever with years of team control in Effross; and a veteran bullpen arm whose underlying numbers are far better than his bottom-line numbers in Trivino. In the process, the Yankees kept their consensus top-3 prospects (Volpe, Peraza, and Dominguez) and utilized the mountains of minor league pitching depth they had developed over the last few years to boldly make a play for the World Series in 2022.
We'll know soon whether or not the Yankees have more to do (besides finding a taker for Joey Gallo), but this is already the most exciting deadline the Yankees have had in years.