Rangers Trade for Jordan Montgomery

Rangers Jordan Montgomery
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The Texas Rangers have made another splash, adding left-hander Jordan Montgomery in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. News of the deal was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan. This is the fourth trade that the Rangers have made in less than a week. On Friday, they acquired catcher Kevin Plawecki in a deal with the San Diego Padres. Their biggest move to date came on Saturday when they made a blockbuster trade with the New York Mets for three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. They also traded left-handed reliever Taylor Hearn to the Atlanta Braves earlier in the week.

Trade Specifics

The trade will send Montgomery and Chris Stratton to Arlington. Meanwhile, the Cardinals will receive left-hander John King, as well as infield prospect Thomas Saggese and right-handed pitching prospect Tekoah Roby. With the Cardinals in seller mode, Montgomery and Stratton were seen as two of the likeliest players to be moved prior to the deadline, as both pitchers are free agents after the season.

Between this exchange with the Rangers and the Cardinals’ move to send Jordan Hicks to the Toronto Blue Jays earlier Sunday afternoon, it’s fair to guess that Jack Flaherty might also soon be headed elsewhere. St. Louis could also look to some surplus position players as they look to reload for 2024.

Eovaldi Headed to IL

This move is most likely in response to Nathan Eovaldi going on the 15-day injured list on Sunday. He was diagnosed with a forearm strain. Eovaldi hasn’t pitched since July 18 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Globe Life Field. It’s an ominous diagnosis for a pitcher who already has two Tommy John surgeries to his name. While it isn’t clear how serious this strain might be, the Rangers obviously aren’t taking any chances with Eovaldi’s recovery. They also aren’t sure how much their pitching staff can thrive without Eovaldi.


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