Yankees Acquire Starting Pitcher Montas from Oakland in Trade Deadline Deal

Yankees Acquire Starting Pitcher Montas from Oakland in Trade Deadline Deal
By Lou Monaco
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The Major League Baseball trading deadline period ends at 6 p.m. Tuesday, so you know the New York Yankees are searching to bolster their roster. 

People following sports betting in New York will be looking to see if the moves help the Yankees on their regular season run to the playoffs and hopefully well beyond. 

The Yankees (69-34, .670), who have the most wins in the league and lead the American League East Division by 11½ games entering tonight’s home game against the Seattle Mariners, are looking for more pitching to bolster their staff.

Late Monday, the Yankees made a big deal and acquired right-handed starter Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trevino from Oakland in exchange for pitchers Ken Waldichuk, J.P. Sears and Luis Medina and infielder Cooper Bowman. According to MLB.com, Waldichuk, a lefty, was the Yankees' 5th-ranked prospect. 

Earler, the Yankees reached an agreement with the Chicago Cubs to acquire right-handed reliever Scott Effross (2.66 ERA in 44 innings pitched) in exchange for right-handed pitcher Hayden Wesneski (6-7, 3.51 ERA, 19 starts for AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre). Wesneski was the 7th-ranked prospect by the MLB.com among Yankees prospects.

Last week, the Yankees acquired All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals. He is now the Yankees’ everyday left fielder.

Here are six key players the Yankees have acquired over the years at the trade deadline:

  YearPlayer AcquiredFrom
⚾  1995P David ConeBlue Jays
⚾  2003IF Aaron BooneReds
⚾  2005P Al LeiterMarlins
⚾  2006OF Bobby AbreuPhillies
⚾  2016SS Gleyber TorresCubs
⚾  20211B Anthony RizzoCubs

Can the Yankees Land Juan Soto?

It was believed the Yankees would go strong after Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, who declined his current team’s 15-year, $440 million offer in mid-July.

Any team that acquires Soto is sure to catch great interest in New York MLB betting and throughout the country.

Interest is still there from the Yankees, according to numerous reports, but the team’s sights were on starting pitching and they landed Montas.

Last season, the Yankees made two key trades in an effort to reach the postseason. They traded with the Chicago Cubs to acquire current first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

They also traded with the Texas Rangers to land outfielder Joey Gallo, who has yet to get comfortable in his role. He is currently batting .159 with just 37 hits in 233-at-bats in 82 games this season. Gallo could be back on the trading block again.

Updated Future Yankees Odds

On the eve of the trading deadline, the Yankees are the second choice to win the World Series at +350, just behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (+300), according to Caesars Sportsbook New York.

This was the first time since June 25 that the Yankees haven’t been atop the Caesars  World Series futures board as either the sole favorite or co-favorite. 

As of late Sunday night, both were co-favorites at +360.

Currently, the Yankees are the favorite (+150) to capture the American League Championship Series, just ahead of the Houston Astros (+200) and the Toronto Blue Jays (+650).

The Yankees are also the overwhelming favorite to win the AL East at -5000, with the Blue Jays next at +2200.

Caesars also has a future betting opportunity on the World Series winning state and New York (+225) is the favorite, leading California (+250), Texas (+450) and any other state (+550).

Beware: After Tuesday at 6 p.m., these could all change.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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