The New York Yankees aren’t expected to sign any of the remaining top-tier free agents this offseason, but that doesn’t rule out a potential blockbuster trade for the Yankees. After acquiring Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa from the Twins, the Yankees could look to upgrade the starting rotation in a deal with the A’s. Oakland is having a fire sale right now, moving on from most of their core, and the Yankees could look to capitalize on that with a deal for hurlers Sean Manaea and Frankie Montas, per Jon Heyman.
Yankees are among the teams talking to the A’s about star young pitchers Sean Manaea and Frankie Montas @ByRobertMurray on it
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 16, 2022
A handful of teams have reportedly been in the mix to try and poach the pair of pitchers from Oakland, and the Yankees have added their names to the list. New York’s pitching rotation behind Gerrit Cole is suspect, so acquiring a tandem such as Montas and Manaea could provide some much-needed stability ahead of what will be a tough year in the AL East.
With the Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Rays all loading up for a postseason push, the Yankees are looking to keep up, and acquiring a pair of experienced pitchers could be a great way to do just that.
Last season in Oakland, Manaea started 32 games, tossing a total of 179.1 innings. He recorded a 3.91 ERA and struck out 194 batters while going 11-10 on the year. The left-hander would be a great addition to starting rotation dominated by right-handers.
Montas is coming off a strong season, too. After facing an 80-game suspension for PED use, Montas bounced back in 2021 and threw 187.0 innings, striking out 207 batters and recording a 3.37 ERA.