The Yankees get an ace; Athletics to Oswald Peraza

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The Athletics’ most anticipated move of the season finally went down on Monday.

Frankie Montas, the top shortstop remaining on the team-controlled trade block through next season, was sent to the New York Yankees along with reliever Lou Trivino before Tuesday’s deadline.

In return, the A’s received four prospects: pitchers Ken Waldichuk, Luis Medina, JP Sears and infielder Cooper Bowman.

Of the new A’s prospects, Waldichuk is the first. He was considered the Yankees’ top prospect by MLB.com and No. 2 by Baseball America.

Waldichuk, who earned a save in the 2022 MLB Futures Game but will be a starter in the big leagues, brings the trash to the mound. He throws a unique delivery that deceives hitters and relies on a fastball that usually sits in the 90-95 mph range with good movement.

Waldichuk has gone into the sixth inning once all year, but has struck out at least seven in nearly half of his outings. Overall, he has a 6-3 record, 2.71 ERA, .196 opponents average and 13.7 K/9 in 17 starts.

As promising as Waldichuk looks, there was an interesting Yankees prospect previously linked to trade rumors but not included.

Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported Monday that the Yankees were open to trading shortstop Oswald Peraza — the team’s consensus No. 2 prospect behind Anthony Volpe — and it appeared that Montas was at the top of the team’s wish list. Yanks. Oakland not taking Peraza, a top-100 overall prospect in baseball, is a bit of a surprise.

It’s impossible to grade the A’s move without comparing it to the Cincinnati Reds’ return for Luis Castillo. Another right-handed pitcher under contract through next season, Castillo was sent to the Seattle Mariners for four prospects — Noelvi Marte, Edwin Arroyo, Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore.

Marte and Arroyo were considered the Mariners’ top two prospects overall, and both were ranked among the top 50 prospects in Baseball America’s midseason update at the All-Star break.

While the A’s received the same number of prospects, none are on Baseball America’s top 100 list — although Waldichuk is listed as the 70th ranked prospect by MLB.com. It represents the A’s best chance to develop a star since the Montas trade.

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The other three prospects acquired aren’t quite as popular, but they’re certainly no slouch. The A’s found more depth in the trade from Seattle.

Medina has thrived in Double-A this season with a 3.38 ERA and 10.1 K/9. Sears made his MLB debut this season and struck out 15 batters in 22 innings, an impressive statistical output to go along with a 1.67 ERA and .155 OBA in 11 Triple-A outings. Bowman, a fourth-round pick of the Yankees last summer, is still trying to find his footing in professional baseball with a .698 OPS but brings speed (35 stolen bases) and is solid in the field.

Yankees Grade: A

The Yankees grade is easy. Sure, they got sniffed at Castillo, but New York got the next best thing without giving up any of their top prospects. Montas will fit in as a top three arm in New York’s rotation with Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes and will be given the ball for big starts in October.

Grade A: C+

Today’s game is about star power. The A’s got four prospects, three of whom could realistically suit up this summer, but it’s far from the Reds’ return for Castillo.

Based on this year’s trade market, it seems like the A’s could have gotten more in return for their best asset.

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