The New York Yankees acquired an all-star outfielder and a late-inning reliever in the past few days. With the 2022 MLB trade deadline almost 24 hours away, the team has turned its attention to improving its starting rotation.
Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas and San Francisco Giants pitcher Carlos Rodon appear to be the top two starters in the trade market. The Yankees are reportedly eyeing both pitchers, though there are still hurdles in finalizing a deal.
Montas has been at the center of trading rumors since opening day. Oakland has fired nearly all of its best players since the offseason, and Montas is attracting interest from the Yankees and other contenders.
Teams are told they’re eliminated from the Frankie Montas derby, suggesting a deal could be tight. Yankees are among the teams that are still around.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 1, 2022
There’s a lot of talk about the Yankees and Montas right now. “No deal yet,” was the intriguing reply from a well-connected source.
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) August 1, 2022
The 29-year-old has a 3.18 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 104.2 innings. Montas finished sixth in the 2021 AL Cy Young race with a 3.37 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 187.0 innings.
Several MLB teams have tracked Montas. To acquire Montas, the Yankees may be forced to trade minor league shortstop Oswald Peraza, according to NJ Advance Media. MLB.com lists Peraza as New York’s #2 prospect.
The report also shows the Yankees are wary of trading for Rodon given his injury history and contract status. Rodon can get out of his contract and become a free agent at the end of the season.
A durable starting pitcher, Rodon has the most starts in the league. After throwing seven innings of shutouts on his last start, the left-hander has a 3.00 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 123 innings.
Rodon finished fifth in the 2021 AL Cy Young voting as a member of the Chicago White Sox. He was an All-Star for consecutive seasons.
“I believed for a while that the Yankees would get one from each bucket: a hitter, a reliever … and I think they’ll get a starting pitcher before 6 p.m. tomorrow.”
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) August 1, 2022
Luis Castillo was the starting number 1 in the trade market. The Cincinnati Reds agreed to trade Castillo to the Seattle Mariners for a crowd of highly acclaimed prospects on Friday.
Inconsistent pitching has been the driving force behind the Yankees, who have played sub-500 baseball in their last 27 games. Over the past 30 days, New York has an ERA of 4.13, which ranks 22nd in the MLB.
On Monday, the Yankees traded for Chicago Cubs reserve Scott Effross.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/yanks-eyeing-montas-rodon-1836570?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Americans are eyeing Montas, Rodon