NEW YORK (AP) – The trading market got busy ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, with the New York Yankees getting pitcher Frankie Montas from Oakland for four prospects.
As the Contenders progressed from stretch runs and potential postseason appearances, San Diego moved closer to Josh Hader from Milwaukee on Monday, and Houston received first baseman Trey Mancini from Baltimore as part of a three-team trade in which Tampa Bay was involved. The leaders of the AL West also added catcher Christian Vazquez from Boston.
World Series champion Atlanta brought back infielder Ehir Adrienza from Washington, the Yankees received Scott Efros from the Chicago Cubs and left-hander Jake Diekman from Boston by the Chicago White Sox.
After Seattle got Luis Castillo from Cincinnati, Montas became the second front-line starting pitcher to switch teams before the deadline. In exchange for 29-year-old right-hander and struggling reliever Lou Trivino, the Yankees sent rookie left-hander JP Sears, 26, to payroll-paring Oakland, with three minor leaguers: 24-year-old left-hander Ken Waldichuk, 23-year-old right-hander Lewis Medina and 22-year-old infielder Cooper Bowman.
Montas is 4-9 with 3.18 ERA in 19 starts including 2.76 ERA since the beginning of May. He has 109 strikeouts and 28 walks in 104 2/3 innings.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, “His talent level, especially with the way he has pitched over the years, is just excited to bring him into the mix.” “He has the whole arsenal and stuff that you see at the top of the rotation man. Went out and proved over the years that he is that kind of caliber pitcher.”
Haider recently went to the Padres to close Taylor Rogers, right-hander Dinelson Lammett, outfielder Esteri Ruiz and pitching prospect Robert Gasser. Haider has 29 saves while Rogers has 28, although the Padres recently fired Rogers from a close role after blowing up consecutive chances in a series in Detroit. The Padres received Rogers from Minnesota on Opening Day.
“Josh Haider is one of the best close guys in the league,” said Padres general manager AJ Preler. “He’s been there, done that, pitched in big places, big playoff games. He’s got the elite stuff.”
Houston acquired Mancini in a trade that transferred fast outfielder Jose Siri to the Rays. The Astros got right-handed Jayden Murray from Tampa Bay and the Orioles got right-hander Chase McDermott.
The AL West-leading Astros were in the market for a first baseman, with Yuli Gurriel struggling. The 30-year-old Mancini is hitting .268 in 92 games with 10 homers and 41 RBIs.
“Ever since I moved here, Trey has been such an important part of our lives, and a huge part of Baltimore and a huge part of this community,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. “And you know it’s hard to see someone like him go, just a close friend of so many people.”
Houston sent Boston Minor League infielder Enmanuel Valdez and outfielder Villier Abreu for Vazquez.
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