A day after trading for Frankie Montas to bolster his rotation, the Yankees cut one of their most consistent starts just before the trade deadline.
The Yankees sent lefty Jordan Montgomery to the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Harrison Bader and a player to be named later or a cash consideration.
Bader is currently on the injured list with plantar fasciitis and walking boot. General Manager Brian Cashman said his Yankees debut could be delayed until September. When Bader is available, the Yankees will find a strong defensive center fielder and a speed threat that is under contract through next season.
But it came at the expense of Montgomery, the home pitcher, who was clearly emotional and still in shock almost an hour after the close of the trade.
“I didn’t acquire Montas so I could move Monty,” Cashman said after the deadline. “My staff and I entered the export and import business acquisition market to try to figure out the overall ecosystem of that roster and what fits best with a plan for October and when that matters. How can we fly to the best of our abilities and what gives us the most quality options in October? That’s what went into every decision we made.
“So we are excited about what Badar can bring to us. We’ll have to wait on that one, we’ve got that. But it has come at the cost of the quality option we already have.
The trade closed on a few busy days for Cashman – who filled holes in left field (Andrew Benintendi), rotation (Montas) and bullpen (Scott Efros and Lou Trivino), while also trading Joey Gallo to the Dodgers.
“The biggest part of this is just the sadness of seeing a man [leave] That you are loved and you have been through a lot and it has done so much for this team and organization,” manager Aaron Boone said after the Mariners’ 8-6 loss. “Coming out of nowhere today, it’s hard to deliver the news and say goodbye.”
Cashman said that even after securing Montas from the Athletics on Monday, the Yankees continued to add another starting pitcher before the deadline. Post’s Joel Sherman and John Heyman told That the Yankees were on the Marlins’ right-hander Pablo López, though a deal never happened.
Instead, the Yankees will go ahead with a rotation of Gerrit Cole, Montas, Jameson Talon, Nestor Cortés and Domingo German, before a healthy Luis Severino joins them in mid-September, when he comes out of the 60-day IL. be eligible He also has another option in Triple-A in the form of Clark Schmidt, although he has gone far beyond his initial depth in trades over the past few days.
“I believe [in the rotation]Cashman said. “My job is always to worry, but I believe in the people we have.”
Montgomery, who was drafted by the organization in 2014, appeared crushed for not being part of that rotation going forward.
“It’s my family. That’s all I know,” said Montgomery, who started a 21 to 3.69 ERA this season. “I still really don’t think I ever performed the way I should have been here. I’m a much better player than I’ve shown to the fans. But I think I persisted and helped the team win. given a chance.
The Yankees could face Montgomery in St. Louis this weekend, as it will be his turn to pitch against them.
But they will have to wait for Bader, who Cashman called “one of the elite center field defenders in the game.” His presence would allow the Yankees to consistently play Aaron Judge in the right field. Bader, 28, a Bronxville resident who won the Gold Glove in 2021, was batting .256/.303/.370 with 15 steals in 72 games this year.
The Yankees entered Tuesday with the best record in baseball, but that didn’t make Cashman stand pat.
“Ultimately our record until August 2 will guarantee us nothing in October,” Cashman said. “It is an accumulation of talent, keeping it healthy and playing with maximum potential. Just because we played exceptional baseball on August 1st… doesn’t mean we have to kick back and assume it will continue like this. ,