Yankees, Cardinals Swap Jordan Montgomery For Harrison Bader

Yankees, Cardinals Swap Jordan Montgomery For Harrison Bader

The Cardinals are acquiring lefties jordan montgomery of the Yankees, tweet Ken Rosenthal and Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. Montgomery will be traded for harrison baderreports Jack Curry of the YES Network. The trade, which has been officially announced by both teams, also includes a player to be named at a later date or cash considerations for the Yankees. conditioned to Bader’s playing time in regards to plantar fasciitis which puts him sidelined at present.

Montgomery, 29, is a great addition to the Cardinals’ rotation. The left-hander, a fourth-round draft pick out of the University of South Carolina Yankees in 2014, finished sixth in AL Rookie of the Year voting with a terrific debut in 2017 but saw his career derailed by the Tommy John surgery the following season. . Since 2021, he has established himself as a reliable member of the Yankees’ rotation, posting a 3.77 ERA in 272 innings over 51 starts. While Montgomery’s strikeout rate has dropped this year, so has his walk rate, and he has continued to keep his ERA above 4.00.

Montgomery is making a reasonable $6MM this year, and he’s due an arbitration raise in 2023 before he’s eligible for free agency. It wasn’t necessarily thought that he would be available, but the Yankees just added frankie you ride at the head of their rotation in a trade with the A’s. Montgomery fits in well with the Cardinals’ contact pitching rotation, which currently has Adam Wainwright, mikola miles, dakota hudsonrookie Andre Pallanteand recent addition Joseph Quintana. steven matz, signed as a free agent in November, is out with a knee injury that could require surgery. former ace Jack Flaherty he won’t be eligible to return from a shoulder strain until the end of August. Looking ahead to 2023, Adam Wainwright he may retire and Quintana could leave as a free agent, but everyone else remains under the team’s control.

Currently, the Cardinals are three games behind in the NL Central and one game away from a wild card spot. In addition to Quintana and Montgomery, the Cardinals also added Chris Stratton to his bullpen via trade. The club reportedly expressed interest in many available starters before landing in Montgomery, including frankie you ride, jake odorizzi, Tyler MahleY Carlos Rodon. Bader was admitted to the IL for plantar fasciitis in his right foot in late June, with dylan carlson starting in center field in his absence. Bader is currently in a walking boot because of the injury. Evidently, the Cardinals felt Carlson can handle the job for at least the rest of the season. The Cardinals had been involved in Juan Sotobut supposedly had not been willing match Carlson with his top prospects.

Bader, 28, is a native of Bronxville, New York, about 11 miles from Yankee Stadium. He has served as the Cardinals’ primary center fielder since 2018, when he finished sixth in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Known for defending him, Bader picked up his first Gold Glove last year and finished second in the Fielding Bible Awards voting. Bader’s wRC+ stands at 93 this year, but he was at 111 in 526 plate appearances from 2020-21. Bader, one of the fastest center fielders in the game, was limited to 103 games in 2021 due to a forearm strain and rib fracture.

The Yankees have deployed the frequently injured Aaron Hicks as well as the favorite MVP aaron judge in equal proportions in center field so far this year. Once Bader and Giancarlo Stanton are healthy, Hicks expects to see his playing time reduced. The Yankees also recently added a new left fielder via trade, picking up Andres Benintendi of the Royals.

Like Montgomery, Bader is in check until 2023. However, due to a two-year extension signed in April, Bader’s salary has been set at $4.7MM for the 2022 and 2023 seasons, plus performance bonuses. The Yankees will cut several million dollars from next year’s payroll compared to what Montgomery is projected to earn.

By parting ways with Montgomery, the Yankees have weakened their rotation for the remainder of the 2021 season, seemingly blocking Sunday German in fifth place until louis severino is able to return. With a 12-game lead in the AL East, that difference barely matters. The loss of Montgomery could be felt in the playoffs, especially if Severino can’t bounce back as a starter, but evidently the Yankees feel the eventual defensive upgrade in center field is a net win. The decision has, at the very least, caused some “head scratching” within the Yankees organization, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

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