New York Yankees

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 23: Frankie Montas #47 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the top of the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on June 23, 2022 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees understood the assignment.

With a team that looks destined for October greatness, the Yankees went ahead and made a big splash for a starting pitcher and a reliever, satisfying two huge needs as the trade deadline nears.

The Yankees acquired Oakland’s Frankie Montas to bolster its rotation, and closer Lou Trivino to solidify the bullpen.

In return the Yankees shipped pitchers Ken Waldichuck, J.P. Sears and Luis Medina, and second baseman Cooper Bowman. Waldichuck, Sears and Medina all had experience pitching for the Somerset Patriots the past two seasons, with Medina pitching the most games for Somerset — 32 games, 29 starts, over the past two seasons.

Waldichuck started the year in Somerset before getting promoted to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes Barre. Sears was with the Double-A Patriots in 2021 before shooting up the charts and got in a number of Major League games this year for the Yankees, and was impressive. Bowman was hitting .217 with eight homers and 35 RBI at High-A Hudson Valley.

The Yankees didn’t have to unload their top prospets Anthony Volpe, Austin Wells or Oswald Peraza to get a deal done.

In Montas the Yankees are getting a solid middle of the rotation starter, who could slide into the number two spot behind Gerrit Cole in the playoffs.

Montas was 4-9 in 19 starts with the A’s, with a 3.18 ERA. His best season came last year, where he won 13 games and struck out 207 over 187 innings for Oakland.

He is an expiring contract, although there is a year of arbitration left, and the Yankees could conceivably bring him back on a one-year deal after this season.

In Lou Trvinio, the Yankees are getting a “closer” from a bad baseball team. He does own an ERA over six. The Yankees are not asking Trivino to close, but to at the very least come into the seventh or eighth innings is not a bad thing.

The Yankees also added former Chicago Cubs reliever Scott Effross for Hayden Wesnieski, who had a 3.51 ERA in 19 starts at Triple-A this year. Effross is a solid reliever, who still has five years of control on his deal, so the Yankees will have him for a long time.

This is a huge deadline day win for Brian Cashman and company because they solidify a very important need, and could still make a move if they should choose.