Yankees Insider Reflects on Disastrous 2022 Trade Deadline

New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman speaks to the media prior to the start of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on April 08, 2022 in New York City.
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The New York Yankees’ 2022 trade deadline took another blow with the news that reliever Lou Trivino would undergo Tommy John surgery to repair elbow ligament damage.

In the aftermath, GM Brian Cashman was praised for acquiring several impact players without surrendering the organization’s top three prospects: Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza and Jason Dominguez.

They brought in two impact relievers in Lou Trivino and Scott Efros, a game-changing defensive wizard in center fielder Harrison Bader, a bonafide mid-rotation stalwart in Frankie Montas, and starting outfielder Andrew Benintendi.

Well, here’s how those acquisitions have gone so far:

“look again” #yankee‘ 2022 Trade Deadline Pickup: Andrew Benintendi: Season-Ending Injury Sept. 2; Scott Efros: Tommy John surgery Oct ’22; Harrison Bader: All missed April 2023; Frankie Montas: Shoulder surgery Feb 2023; Lou Trivino: Tommy John surgery May 3rd,” tweeted Yankees insider Brian Hoch.


Montas had a 6.35 ERA in limited action with the Yankees last year, but he was already injured and eventually had surgery in February.

He could still contribute, as he could come back in August or September, but it’s fair to say that his acquisition didn’t go the way the Yankees planned.

Trevino and Efros were solid until they got hurt, and the same can be said about Benintendi.

Only Bader was a true difference-maker in October, but he insisted on his disinclination in 2023 spring training and missed the first month.

He is now ready to return to the lineup.

For the rest of the deadline acquisitions, his time as a Yankee would be remembered by physical ailments and not by on-field performance.

Its not their fault.

Baseball can be a cruel game sometimes.

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