Just before the trade deadline passed the Yankees traded left handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery for outfielder Harrison Bader.
Bader is the 2021 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner. He played his college baseball for the Florida Gators before making his MLB debut in 2017. This is a homecoming for Bader who is originally from Bronxville, New York and grew up a Yankees fan. Bader should be a good addition but is currently on the IL due to plantar fasciitis.
Widely considered the best team in baseball, the Yankees have acquired several players who should only make the team stronger.
Joey Gallo got shipped off to the LA Dodgers in exchange for Clayton Beeter who has been a top prospect for the Dodgers who drafted him in 2020. While Gallo has a strong history as a player overall, his time in New York was at best unproductive. In 82 games he recorded a .159 batting average.
Beeter is a right-handed starting pitcher. How much of an impact he will have on the team in the immediate remains to be seen, as he is likely to spend some time with the Somerset Patriots.
A week before the trade deadline, the Yankees traded three players, No. 19 prospect left-hander T.J. Sikkema and No. 21 prospect right-hander Beck Way as well as Chandler Champlain to acquire outfielder Andrew Benintendi.
Benintendi played in his first All-Star game just this season. So far this season he has batted .311, had 41 RBIs and three home runs.
The Yankees also traded J.P. Sears, Luis Medina, Cooper Bowman and Ken Waldichuk to the Oakland Athletics for Lou Trivino and Frankie Montas.
Montas is a starting pitcher who was highly sought after. He had a 3.18 ERA so far this season with the Athletics.
Trevino was drafted by the Athletics back in 2013 in the 11th round and has spent his entire MLB career with them before being traded to the Yankees. He comes to the Yankees with a win-loss record of 20-23.
The Yanks also acquired right handed relief pitcher Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs. Effross is a rookie who in 44 innings has produced a 2.66 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of more than 4-to-1. His fastball is only about 90 MPH but evaluators believe he will be highly effective for the team.
The Yankees have worked hard to sure up any weak spots to be guaranteed to be in the best position to stay strong during the playoffs.
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