A Former Yankees Pitcher Who was Traded Away Remains Unbeaten

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John Allen
Monday August 22, 2022

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What the New York Yankees wouldn’t give for a left-handed pitcher who is capable of beating the Seattle Mariners, especially Luis Castillo.

Former Yankees pitcher JP Sears led the Oakland Athletics to a 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. In five innings, Sears gave up just one run, which came from Mitch Haniger’s home run.

With the help of six A’s relievers, rookie pitcher Sears led his team to a victory over Castillo, the pitcher the Yankees most wanted to acquire at the trade deadline.

The Yankees traded Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino for Sears and Ken Waldichuk, Luis Medina, and Cooper Bowman on August 1. Since the trade, Montas’s three starts have been a huge letdown. Sears, who was never beaten when he played for the Yankees, keeps winning.

This year, Sears debuted in Major League Baseball with the Yankees. He made two starts and appeared in seven games, posting a 3-0 record and a 2.05 ERA. He appeared in 11 games in 2022, going 1-1 with a 1.67 ERA for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Seattle picked Sears in the 11th round of the 2017 MLB Draft. On November 18, 2017, Sears and right-handed pitcher Juan Then were traded to the Yankees for right-handed pitcher Nick Rumbelow.

According to Sears, he found out about his trade to the Athletics on August 1 while he was playing golf in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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