Yankees Should Now be World Series Favorites After Frankie Montas Trade

Starting pitcher Frankie Montas is headed to the Yankees.
Starting pitcher Frankie Montas is headed to the Yankees. / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Well, well, well.

The New York Yankees are going ALL IN.

New York swung one of the biggest deals so far ahead of this year's trade deadline in Major League Baseball, as it traded for Oakland Athletics starter Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino.

It came at a price, as the Yankees gave up several top-20 prospects to get the deal done, but New York is indicating that it is going all out for a World Series with the best record in the American League as of Aug. 1.

This isn't the only deadline deal that the Yankees have made, as they acquired reliever Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs on Monday and outfield Andrew Benintendi from the Kansas City Royals last week.

Despite all of these deals, the Yankees aren't even the World Series favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook. New York has attempted to rebuild its bullpen after season-ending injuries to Michael King and Chad Green, and Montas (3.18 ERA this season) will immediately bolster the team's rotation.

Latest Odds to Win the World Series in 2022

  • New York Yankees: +360
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: +360
  • Houston Astros: +450
  • New York Mets: +600
  • Atlanta Braves: +950
  • Toronto Blue Jays: +1400
  • Milwaukee Brewers: +2000
  • San Diego Padres: +2200
  • Philadelphia Phillies: +4000
  • Chicago White Sox: +4000

Despite oddsmakers giving the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros a fair shake to win the title, the Yankees should be the favorite. New York has been on blistering pace all season long, and it has addressed the clear weak points on the roster with these deals.

Now, the Yankees could be looking at a postseason rotation of All-Stars Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes, Montas, and one of Luis Severino/Jameson Taillon/Jordan Montgomery. That's not too bad.

While Trivino has struggled this season (6.47 ERA), he is just one season removed from having a 3.18 ERA and recording 22 saves for Oakland. New York doesn't need him to be lights out, but it could use him as another bridge piece to Clay Holmes in the back end of the bullpen.

All this being said, there are still some concerns about their ability to beat the Houston Astros. While I broke down on today's Daily Betslip why that is a cause for concern, that doesn't mean that Vegas shouldn't be siding with New York as the favorite, especially since Houston is behind the Dodgers anyway.

Yankees Deadline Moves Show Team Has World Series as Goal

The Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman have finally realized they have a team capable of winning the World Series.

New York ranks first in runs scored, second in OPS and first in home runs on offense this season. The Yankees' pitching hasn't been anything to scoff at either, ranking third in team ERA, third in team WHIP and fourth in strikeouts. Today's moves only make this team more dangerous.

The Yankees also held onto each of their top four prospects (Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza, Jasson Dominguez and Austin Wells) in these deals. That's a massive win considering how much talent they brought on to the roster.

New York has been hovering around the top of the odds list all season to win the World Series, and it has held the best record in baseball for quite some time. If the deadline moves don't convince you, I don't know what more to say.

The Yankees are all in, and they deserve to be favored in Vegas.

Find Peter Dewey’s full betting record here.