NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have sent pitcher Jordan Montgomery to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Harrison Baderon on Tuesday, the teams announced.
New York will also receive a player to be named later or cash compensation as part of the deal, which closed just before the trading deadline.
Montgomery was a top performer for the Yankees, with a 3.77 ERA in 272 innings in 51 starts over the past two seasons. However, he was 0-2 with a 5.36 ERA in his last eight appearances.
Bader, who is currently on the injured list (foot), played six seasons for the Cardinals. He hits .256/.303/.370 in 72 games this season with five home runs.
The trade marks a homecoming for the 28-year-old outfielder, who grew up in Bronxville, New York, and was a fan of the Yankees. He is a graduate of Horace Mann School in the Bronx, about 5 miles from Yankee Stadium.
Montgomery joins a rotation with Adam Wainwright and Miles Mikolas and will be a key pitcher for St. Louis with Steven Matz (knee) currently on the injured list. St. Louis also took over Jose Quintana from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.
His departure from New York came a day after the team took over Frankie Montas from Oakland.
“We wanted to start innings, especially pitching,” said John Mozeliak, Cardinals president of baseball operations. “We felt like we were getting inconsistency out of our rotation.”
Bader has not played since June 26 due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Once he gets off the IL, he will join Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Matt Carpenter in the Yankees outfield and will likely take some playing time away from Aaron Hicks, who has struggled this season so far and .230/.353/ beat. 330 in 91 games.
Both Bader and Montgomery will be eligible for free agency after the 2023 season.
This report uses information from The Associated Press.
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