The New York Yankees were looking to pitch around the trade deadline.
Just like the cardinals of Saint-Louis.
When Luis Castillo was traded to the Seattle Mariners, it became clear that Frankie Montas was the best arm widely available.
The Yanks ended up getting his services in exchange for four prospects: Ken Waldichuk, Luis Medina, JP Sears and Cooper Bowman.
He suffered a shoulder scare last month and dealt with a death in his family joining the Yankees, but Montas hasn’t been as advertised so far.
In fact, a pitcher the Yankees decided to trade at the last minute of the deadline, Jordan Montgomery, was by far the most productive and efficient pitcher.
“Frankie Montas in 3 starts with the Yankees: 14 runs, 14 IPs, 8 Ks. Jordan Montgomery in 3 starts with the Cardinals: 1 point, 16.2 IPs, 17 Ks. Looks like we made the right choice not to pursue Montas,” tweeted Rinedog, a Twitter account that follows the St. Louis Cardinals.
Frankie Montas in 3 starts with the Yankees:
Jordan Montgomery in 3 starts with the Cardinals
Looks like we made the right choice not to sue Montas #STLCards
—Rinedog (@Rinedog1) August 19, 2022
The Yankees made a rare mistake
Indeed, while the Yankees got a good center back in Harrison Bader, he is currently injured.
Montgomery is a very solid pitcher who is good enough to be in a playoff rotation.
For the year, he has a 3.29 ERA in 131.1 innings.
However, Montas was performing even better than that when it came time to make the trade to Oakland Athletics.
He had a 3.18 ERA, with plenty of strikeouts.
Three starts aren’t enough to judge trade decisions, but there’s no denying that more is expected of Montas in the Bronx.
The questionable decision was not to trade for Montas: it was to trade Montgomery for an injured asset.