Yankees and Cardinals trade Jordan Montgomery for Harrison Bader

Cardinals acquire left-handed Jordan Montgomery Yankees, tweet Ken Rosenthal and Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. Montgomery will be traded for Harrison Baderreports YES Network’s Jack Curry. The trade, which was officially announced by both teams, also includes a player to be named later or cash consideration going to the Yankees, on conditional Bader’s playing time when it comes to plantar fasciitis which currently sidelines him.

Montgomery, 29, is a big addition to the Cardinals rotation. The southpaw, a fourth-round draft pick of the University of South Carolina Yankees in 2014, finished sixth in AL Rookie of the Year voting with a fine start in 2017, but saw his career derailed by Tommy John’s surgery the following season. . Since 2021, he’s established himself as a dependable member of the Yankees’ rotation, posting a 3.77 ERA in 272 innings over 51 starts. Although Montgomery’s strikeout rate has declined this year, so has his walk rate, and he has continued to maintain his ERA south of 4.00.

Montgomery earns a reasonable $6 million this year, and he must receive a raise through arbitration in 2023 before becoming eligible for free agency. We didn’t necessarily think he was available, but the Yankees just added Frankie Montas at the front of their rotation in a trade with the A. Montgomery fits well into the Cardinals’ pitch-to-contact rotation, which currently includes Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas, dakota hudsonrecruit André Pallanteand recent addition Jose Quintana. steven matz, signed as a free agent in November, is out with a knee injury that could require surgery. former ace Jack Flaherty won’t be able to recover from a sprained shoulder until the end of August. Looking ahead to 2023, Adam Wainwright may retire and Quintana may leave as a free agent, but everyone remains under the control of the team.

Currently, the Cardinals have three return games in NL Central and are one game away from a wild card. In addition to Quintana and Montgomery, the Cardinals also added Chris Straton to their enclosure via trade. The club have reportedly expressed interest in many available starters ahead of landing Montgomery, including Frankie Montas, Jake Odorizzi, Tyler Mahleand Carlos Rodon. Bader hit IL for plantar fasciitis in his right foot in late June, with Dylan Carlson starting in center field in his absence. Bader is currently wearing a walking boot for his injury. Clearly, the Cardinals felt Carlson could handle the gig for at least the rest of the season. The cardinals had been implicated on John Sotobut apparently was not willing to pair Carlson with their top prospects.

Bader, 28, is from Bronxville, New York, about 11 miles from Yankee Stadium. He’s been the Cardinals’ main center back since 2018, when he finished sixth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. Known for his defense, Bader picked up his first gold glove last year and finished second in the Fielding Bible awards vote. Bader’s wRC+ sits at 93 this year, but he was at 111 out of 526 board appearances in 2020-21. Bader, one of the game’s fastest centre-backs, has been limited to 103 games in 2021 due to a sprained forearm and broken ribs.

The Yankees deployed the oft-injured Aaron Hicks as well as MVP favorite Judge Aaron in equal proportions in center field so far this year. Once Bader and Giancarlo Stanton are in good health, Hicks thinks his playing time will be reduced. The Yankees also recently added a new left fielder via trade, taking over André Benintendi of the Royals.

Like Montgomery, Bader is under lockdown until 2023. However, due to a two-year extension signed in April, Bader’s salary has been locked in at $4.7 million for the 2022 and 23 seasons, plus additional performance bonuses. The Yankees will cut millions of dollars off next year’s payroll from what Montgomery is expected to earn.

By parting ways with Montgomery, the Yankees have weakened their rotation for the remainder of the 2021 season, appearing to lock german domingo in fifth place until Louis Severino is able to come back. With a 12-game lead in the AL East, that difference doesn’t matter. The loss of Montgomery could be felt in the playoffs, especially if Severino is unable to return to a starting role, but clearly the Yankees believe the eventual defensive upgrade in center field is a clear victory. The decision has, at least, caused some “headaches” within the Yankees organization, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

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