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The New York Yankees officially announced the signing of first baseman Anthony Rizzo on Thursday, meaning they had to add him to the 40-player roster. The corresponding move was of some significance, as the Yankees placed right-handed starter Domingo Germán on the 60-day injured list because of shoulder soreness.

Germán, 29, appeared in 22 games and made 18 starts last season. He amassed a 4.58 ERA (94 ERA+) and a 3.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio along the way. Germán had previously not appeared in the majors since September of 2019 after he was suspended for 81 games after violating Major League Baseball's policy against domestic violence

With Germán now sidelined for an unknown length of time, the Yankees projected rotation now features Gerrit Cole, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Jameson Taillon, and Nestor Cortes, who surprisingly posted a 2.90 ERA in 93 innings last season. That may not remain their starting five for long, however.

The Yankees have reportedly discussed trades with the Oakland Athletics involving left-hander Sean Manaea and righty Frankie Montas. It's unclear where the Yankees stand on acquiring either, but both would represent a much needed shot in the arm. 

Manaea, who is in his walk year, accumulated a 3.91 ERA (104 ERA+) and a 4.73 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 179 innings last season. Montas, meanwhile, has two seasons of team control remaining. He had a 3.37 ERA (121 ERA+) and a 3.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 187 innings in 2021.

The Athletics have traded away several pieces of their core since MLB's owner-imposed lockout ended a week ago. David Forst shipped starter Chris Bassitt to the New York Mets; first baseman Matt Olson to the Atlanta Braves; and third baseman Matt Chapman to the Toronto Blue Jays. It stands to reason that Manaea and Montas won't have to wait much longer before they'll be sent packing, too.

The Yankees have already had a busy week, transactions-wise. Just last weekend, they acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson, shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and catcher Ben Rorvedt as part of a trade with the Minnesota Twins