Sport: Luis Severino placed on 60-day IL after Yankees acquire Frankie Montas

Why recent history says you shouldn't expect a big trade by Yankees at 2022 deadline

  Why recent history says you shouldn't expect a big trade by Yankees at 2022 deadline Why recent history says you shouldn't expect a big trade by Yankees at 2022 deadlineFans, though, shouldn't hold their breath for a blockbuster deal.

The New York Yankees made an exciting addition to their pitching staff on Monday, but the news might not be so exciting for another Yankees starter.

New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino. © Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino.

Righty starter Frankie Montas was acquired by the Yankees in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. Prospects Ken Waldichuk, Luis Medina, J.P. Sears, and Cooper Bowman went to Oakland with righty reliever Lou Trivino accompanying Montas to New York.

After the Montas news was announced however, the Yankees turned around and placed starter Luis Severino on the 60-day injured list. Severino, who is battling a right lat strain, is now ineligible to return until mid-September.

Report: Blue Jays, Yankees, and Cardinals frontrunners for A's SP Frankie Montas

  Report: Blue Jays, Yankees, and Cardinals frontrunners for A's SP Frankie Montas The rumor mill is heating up as the MLB trade deadline approaches. © Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas. One of the names expected to be on the move ahead of Tuesday's 6 p.m. deadline is Oakland Athletics' ace starting pitcher Frankie Montas.According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the market for Montas is beginning to take shape. While there should be plenty of interest from around the league in the 29-year-old starter, the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals have emerged as the favorites to land Montas, per Morosi.

The trade for Montas combined with the surprise transfer of Severino to the 60-day IL might indicate a possible issue with Severino’s health. Severino, who has made just 19 starts over the last four seasons due to Tommy John surgery, also dealt with a separate lat strain in 2019 and missed six weeks.

With Montas in tow, the Yankees have the luxury of entering the postseason with Gerrit Cole, Montas, and Nestor Cortes as their top three starters. They also have Jameson Taillon and Jordan Montgomery (both of whom own sub-3.75 ERAs this season) to round out the rotation.

Yankees’ pitching staff now playoff-set with Montas, Trivino

  Yankees’ pitching staff now playoff-set with Montas, Trivino Montas comes to the Bronx as the safety valve for a rotation that’s been under pressure.The Yankees have been plagued by pitching regression for the last six weeks or so, with Luis Severino going to the IL, Jameson Taillon struggling, and even the top two arms in Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes still pitching well, but not as dominant as the first couple months of the season. The team needed pitching help, and 24 hours before the deadline, Brian Cashman delivered, landing Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino from the Oakland Athletics.

If Severino cannot return this season or can only pitch out of the bullpen in the playoffs, the Yankees now have a viable contingency plan. With the team also pursuing another big-name righty before landing on Montas, perhaps that tells us there is some skepticism over Severino’s status right now.

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