A little over a week ago, the Yankees were well stocked with starting pitching depth.
After a flurry of trades before the deadline this past Tuesday, however, that depth is weaker as the Yankees enter the final two months of the season.
In addition to surprisingly trading away Jordan Montgomery for injured outfielder Harrison Bader (the Yankees will face Montgomery with the Cardinals on Saturday), general manager Brian Cashman dealt away JP Sears, Ken Waldichuk, Hayden Wesneski and Luis Medina in deals for righty Frankie Montas and relievers Lou Trivino and Scott Effross. The Yankees also transferred Luis Severino to the 60-day injured list, much to his displeasuredelaying his return until mid-September.
Instead of Montas taking Domingo Germano’s rotation spot, he will replace Montgomery. That leaves Clarke Schmidt, who recently returned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to build back as a starter, as the Yankees’ only real protection if an injury occurs in their rotation.
“Certainly, especially taking Monty off our team, it knocks our depth a little bit,” manager Aaron Boone said. “But we were able to add Frankie Montas, which is pretty good. Clarke goes down to try and stretch out a bit to give us a bit more depth. We feel good about where Sevy will end up. We are definitely a little thinner based on [Tuesday’s] move, but hopefully if we stay healthy, we feel like we’ll be in a really good place down the stretch and what we hope is in the playoffs and beyond.”
The rotation at SWB currently includes Schmidt, Jhony Brito, Ryan Weber and Matt Krook. There’s also former top prospect Deivi Garcia, but he’s currently at Double-A Somerset after returning from a two-month stint on the injured list. That doubled as an opportunity to work on his pitching after a brutal start to the year at SWB.
Trivino began his Yankee tenure with back-to-back perfect outings on Tuesday and Wednesday, combining for 1 ²/₃ innings against the Mariners. The righty reliever hoped a change of scenery, and a little better luck, could help improve the career-high 6.47 ERA he posted in 39 games this season with the Athletics.
Opposing hitters had a .451 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) against Trivino, suggesting he was unlucky and there could be some improvement to come.
“I feel like a lot of that is weak contact and sometimes baseball is just a very cruel game,” Trivino said. “But I feel really good and I feel like I can contribute to this team… It’s nice to get a fresh set of eyes. I’m excited to see what they have [in store] for me.”
Jose Trevino was named the winner of the Yankees of the Heart and Hustle Award, as voted by the MLB Players Alumni Association. The award honors a player in each team “who shows passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.”
Hard-throwing reliever Stephen Ridings, who has been on the IL since spring training with right shoulder strain, threw his “first official bullpen. [session]” Thursday, he tweeted.