Yankees get Scott Effross, Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino in 2 trades


NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have decided to stock up before the trade deadline. They first acquired rookie reliever Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs, before securing starter Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino from the Oakland Athletics.

Effross, a right-hander, is 1-4 with a 2.66 ERA and one preserved win in 47 games this year. He made his major league debut last season, going 2-1 and averaging 3.68 in 14 appearances with the Cubs.

In reconstruction, the Cubs got minor league right-hander Hayden Wesneski back. The 2019 sixth-round draft pick is 24 years old and has a 6-7 record and a 3.51 ERA in 19 starts with AAA farm club Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

In return for Montas and Trivino, the Yankees traded 26-year-old rookie left-hander JP Sears, in addition to three minor league players: 24-year-old left-hander Ken Waldichuk — the club’s fifth prospect according to MLB.com — the right-hander 23-year-old Luis Medina, as well as 22-year-old infielder Cooper Bowman.

Montas, a 29-year-old right-hander, is 4-9, 3.19 in 19 starts. He is on a salary of $5.025 million and will be eligible for arbitration this winter, before enjoying full free agency after the 2023 season.

The 30-year-old Trivino is having a season below expectations with a record of 1-6, 6.47 and 10 saves in 13 occasions. He receives a salary of $ 3 million this season and will be eligible for arbitration after the first two campaigns, before enjoying full autonomy.

In two starts and five relief appearances, Sears is 2-0 with a stellar 2.05 GAA.

Rays get Cleavinger

The Tampa Bay Rays have obtained left-handed reliever Garrett Cleavinger from the Los Angeles Dodgers in return for minor league outfielder German Tapia.

The Rays said Monday that Cleavinger, who has spent most of the last three seasons in MLB with the Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies, will report to AAA farm club Durham. In order to make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Rays put the name of right-hander Luke Bard on waivers so they could reassign him to the minor leagues.

In 27 career games, Cleavinger, 27, is 2-5 with a 4.70 ERA.

The MLB trade deadline is Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Mancini moves to the Astros

Houston acquired first baseman Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles, in a three-club trade.

First baseman Yuli Gurriel falls short of expectations for the Astros this year.

The American’s batting champion last year (.319), he is averaging just .243 in 2022, with seven home runs and 28 RBIs.

Mancini can also be the hitter of choice, especially since Michael Brantley is out with a shoulder injury.

The 30-year-old Mancini is batting .268 this year, with 10 homers and 41 RBIs.

He had been playing with the Orioles since his big league debut in 2016.

Houston also received minor league right-hander Jayden Murray from Tampa Bay.

The Astros sent outfielder Jose Siri to the Rays and minor right-hander Chayce McDermott to the Orioles.


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