Jordan Montgomery is out to prove that the Yankees made an unforgivable mistake by trading him
The New York Yankees are 3-12 after making befuddling moves at the MLB Trade Deadline on August 2. Jordan Montgomery, who was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals by the Yankees? 3-0 in that same span.
Over that time, Montgomery has a sub-1 ERA, 17 strikeouts, and three walks.
Montgomery’s trade was one of several head-scratchers at the deadline, as he was relatively strong for New York as a starter. Though his record was just 3-3, he had a respectable 3.69 ERA. Montgomery was the victim of a bit of bad luck throughout the year as the Yankee bats could never get it going on Monty nights the same way they could for other starting pitchers. Montgomery got 4.81 runs of support in his starts, the worst of all Yankee starters.
The Yankees’ new rotation includes Frankie Montas from Oakland and Domingo German who is back from injury. Montas has a 9.0 ERA and German a 4.45 for New York. The arrival of Montas was seen as an opportunity to upgrade the outfield by sending Montgomery away and getting CF Harrison Bader in return.
Jury is still out on Jordan Montgomery trade, but it’s not looking good for Brian Cashman and the Yankees
In fairness to Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, Bader has yet to play due to injury, so the jury is still out on the grade for the Montgomery trade. Bader comes in at sixth in outs above average among centerfielders this season, a stat that certainly should make Yankee fans happy after seeing the demons in the outfield for the Yankees as of late for Aaron Hicks. The botched deadline was just another in a long line of mistakes that Cashman has made as of late that could put his job in peril.
For Montgomery, you have to be happy for the guy. He seemed to love playing for the Yankees, even getting his engagement photos with his fiancée McKenzie taken at Yankee Stadium. The move was tough on him and McKenzie.
Clearly, he’s not letting it impact the opportunity he has with St. Louis, though, where the Cardinals are growing their lead in the NL Central over the Milwaukee Brewers and are 7-3 in their last 10. He’s already made history with his start and looks to be a big part of what’s next for St. Louis.