The trade deadline is now just two days away.
Contending teams are set to add to their rosters and prepare for the stretch run of the 2023 season, while non-contenders are set to sell and build for the future.
Two such teams in contention are the Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks, both of whom are in need of some starting pitching help.
The St. Louis Cardinals might be able to help them in that regard, as left-hander Jordan Montgomery is drawing trade interest.
St. Louis is well out of postseason contention and is set to sell for the first time in John Mozeliak’s 15-year tenure as president of baseball operations.
According to MLB insider Jon Morosi, Arizona, and Baltimore have been speaking with the Cardinals about Montgomery, and a trade is becoming increasingly likely.
Sources: Jordan Montgomery trade talks are gaining momentum, and a deal is becoming increasingly likely.
The Orioles and DBacks are among the clubs that have been engaged with the Cardinals in recent days. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 30, 2023
With Lucas Giolito off the market, Montgomery has become the top available starting pitcher.
He’s been the Cardinals most reliable starting pitcher this season, posting a 3.42 ERA over his 21 starts.
The 30-year-old was traded from the New York Yankees last year at the deadline in exchange for Harrison Bader.
Baltimore is at the top of the American League East.
If Montgomery were to be acquired by the Orioles, he would be returning to a familiar division.
The D-Backs have fallen on hard times this month, as they have lost seven of their previous 10 games.
But adding Montgomery to a rotation that already features Merrill Kelly and Zac Gallen would give them a boost as they try to catch the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.NEXT: Fans Are Remembering The Anniversary Of A Legendary Cardinals Trade