NEW YORK – Yankees acquire Golden Glove-winning center fielder Harrison Bader from St. Louis Cardinals for lefties Jordan Montgomery ahead of Tuesday’s trading deadline, an amazing trade to improve protection.
A fast 28-year-old from Bronxville, New York, Bader hasn’t played since June 26 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
New York City Traded Strike-Prone Outfielder Joey Gallo to the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier Tuesday for minor league right-hander Clayton Beeter.
Montgomery was 3–3 with a 3.69 ERA in 21 starts but was 0–2 with a 5.36 ERA in his last eight games. His departure took place the day after Frankie Montaz was acquired in Oakland to join Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes as well as Jameson Tylon in rotation.
Domingo Herman is likely to remain in the rotation due to lack of Louis Severinowho was out until at least mid-September due to a right flank strain in the latissimus dorsi.
A day earlier, St. Louis received left-hander Jose Quintana from Pittsburgh.
“We needed the innings, especially the kickoff pitch,” said Cardinals president of baseball operations John Moseliac. “We felt like we were getting inconsistency out of our rotation.”
Bader graduated from Horace Mann School in the Bronx, about 5 miles from Yankee Stadium. He attended the University of Florida and was a third-round pick by the Cardinals in 2015.
Bader made his major league debut two years later and hit .267 last year with 16 homers, 50 RBIs and nine stolen bases. According to Fielding’s Bible, his 15 defensive runs saved were 10th in the majors and he earned the National League Gold Glove.
Slowed down by a leg injury this year, Bader is batting .256 with five homers, 21 RBIs and 15 steals. His defensive saves are down to minus 2.
Bader is in the first season of a two-year, $10.4 million contract that will pay $4.7 million next year.
Montgomery, who could make his Cardinals debut against the Yankees this weekend, is 22-20 with a 3.94 ERA in six major league seasons. He was ruled out from May 2018 to September 2019 due to an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.
Montgomery has a $6 million salary and could file for arbitration next winter. Both Bader and Montgomery are eligible for free agency after the 2023 season.
Notes: New York selected RHP Carlos Espinal for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and activated C Ben Rortvedt from the 60 day IL and handed it over to RailRiders.