By Jerry Feitelberg
The Oakland A’s are set to start a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday night. The A’s had scheduled Frankie Montas to pitch in the opening game. All that went out the window Monday afternoon as the A’s announced they had traded Montas, along with reliever Lou Trivino to the New York Yankees for four prospects.
Montas was under team control through 2023, but the A’s moved him to continue selling assets for prospects. Trivino was not having a good year as the A’s closer. Both players will now be in the playoffs as the Yanks have the best record in baseball. New York sent four Minor Leaguers to Oakland for Montas and Trivino. Here’s how the trade went down: left-hander Ken Waldichuk (the club’s number five prospect, per MLB Pipeline), right-hander Luis Medina number ten, lefty JP Sears number 20, and second baseman Cooper Bowman number 21.
“I feel great. I’m excited about it,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “[Montas] is a great pitcher. There have been rumors around him most of the first half of the season. I’m excited we could push through on a deal for him. I’m just excited to get him into the mix because of his talent, especially with how he’s pitched the last couple of years.”
Yankees get: RHPs Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino
A’s get LHPs Ken Waldichuk and JP Sears, RHP Luis Medina, 2B Cooper Bowman.
Tuesday night in Anaheim: The A’s have scheduled Cole Irvin to pitch Tuesday night. Irvin has pitched well. He is 6-7, and his ERA is 3.01. The A’s have not announced the starters for the Wednesday or Thursday night game. The Angels’ Noah Syndergaard (5-8, 3.83 ERA) goes Tuesday night. The American League’s reigning MVP, Shohei Ohtani (9-6, 2.81 ERA), will pitch on Wednesday, and lefty Jose Suarez will handle the chores for the Halos Thursday.
The Angels have had a very disappointing season this year. The Halos hoped to improve both the starting rotation and the bullpen. They thought they would contend for the AL West crown this year. They played well early in the season, but a 14 game losing streak derailed those hopes. They fired their manager, Joe Maddon, and replaced him with Phil Nevin. Injuries have also played a key role in the Angels’ frustrations.
The Angels gave the former Washington Nationals’ third baseman a huge contract before the 2020 season. Rendon has not played a full season yet. Currently, Rendon is on the 60-day IL. Their sparkplug shortstop/ second baseman, David Fletcher, has played sparingly due to injury.
Fletcher loves to see the Green and Gold. He has tormented the A’s in the past and hopes to get things going in the three-game set. The Angels’ three-time MVP, Mike Trout, is on the 10-day IL. Trout has a back injury. The A’s want him to get well soon, but not until the three-game series is over.
Some of the other players that the A’s will hope to contain are first baseman Jared Walsh, second baseman/shortstop Luis Rengifo, and David Fletcher. The Angels’ outfielders include Brandon Marsh, Taylor Ward, Magneuris Sierra, and Dillon Thomas. Like the A’s, the Angels love players that can play multiple positions. Shohei Ohtani will be the designated hitter. There were rumors the Yankees were in the market for Ohtani. The Angels’ management quickly said they were not trading Ohtani.
Raisel Iglesias is the closer. He is 2-6 with 16 saves. Other relievers include Ryan Tepoera, Jimmy Herget, Jaime Barria, Andrew Wantz, Touki Toussaint, Jason Junk, and lefties Jose Quijada and Aaron Loup.
The Angels are 43-59 and are 23.5 games behind the Houston Astros. They are in fourth place in the AL West. The A’s are 39-65 and trail the Angels by five games.
The trading deadline closes at 3 pm on Tuesday. The A’s may continue the fire sale. Other players that they may trade are Ramon Laureano, Chad Pinder, or Sean Murphy. The A’s players must be wondering who will be the next guys to go. Time will tell.