The New York Yankees made an interesting move on Tuesday as they sent left-handed starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for centerfielder Harrison Bader and a player to be named later or cash considerations, the teams announced.
Bader, 28, has hit .256/.303/.370 with five home runs, 21 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases this season. The former Gold Glove winner is currently on the injured list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol recently said he expected Bader to return in September. Bader is under club control through 2023.
Montgomery, 29, was drafted by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB Draft. The six-year veteran is 22-20 with a 3.94 ERA in 98 career games (97 starts).
The Yankees will open a three-game series with the Cardinals on Friday night at Busch Stadium, so there is a good chance that Montgomery will face his former team.