The deal with Frankie Montas didn’t work out for them Yanks until now.
Not at all.
Montas struggled mightily for his first eight starts with New York after coming from the United States athletics included in a six-player swap at the close of trade some of the Yankees’ best pitching prospects. Then, with the same problem in his shoulder, he ended up on the injury list that had raised some red flags earlier that summer while he was still in Oakland.
To make matters worse, Montas won’t be healthy to start the 2023 season. The right-hander is expected miss the first month of the year with more inflammation in his shoulder. That puts the Yankees in a strong point to begin the campaign, add a question mark to the end of their starting rotation.
There’s a chance Montas can recover when he returns from that shoulder throwback and distance himself from any injury worries while serving at the level he was capable of early in his athletics career.
What makes this whole situation even more frustrating for the Yankees and their fans is the fact that Montas was New York’s second pick last summer.
New York preferred to act for Red Ace Luis Castillo, the top pitcher available as of the reporting date. Castillo eventually went from Cincinnati to the sailorspartly because New York is reluctant to include a certain top prospect in its trade package for the ace.
“They included Jasson Dominguez in their trade proposal [for Castillo]but refused to bring in esteemed shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe,” he wrote USA Today Bob Nightengale On Sunday. “The Yankees’ loss was the Seattle Mariners’ win, with Castillo now their ace.”
Volpe is No. 1 in New York’s organization, fifth-best prospect in all of baseball, per MLB pipeline. He is expected to make the leap from triple-A to the big leagues sometime this year compete for an opportunity at shortstop this spring with fellow rider Oswald Peraza and veteran Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
Nightengale is consistent with what Joel Sherman from the New York Post reported after the Yankees missed Castillo. Unwilling to part ways with Volpe, New York attempted to build a package around Peraza.
Cincinnati eventually acquired a huge haul from the Mariners, including several top prospects. The trade has also worked for both sides up to this point. Castillo dominated after the Deadline deal, ending the year with a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts while helping Seattle advance to the playoffs.
Castillo signed a five-year, $108 million extension with the Mariners in September. Montas, on the other hand, will become a free agent after the 2023 season.
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