The New York Yankees have been a floundering franchise over the last month.
Even after acquiring Andrew Benintendi, Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino, and Harrison Bader, the team is still seemingly out of its groove.
One move that is still being questioned by Yankees fans and baseball pundits is the deal that send starter Jordan Montgomery to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Yankees got Bader in return for Montgomery.
Last night, Montgomery threw a one-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs, adding to Yankees fans’ pain.
Barstool Sports’ Yankees writer Eric Hubbs stressed that if Bader comes off the injured list an any point, he’ll need to be as good as Jim Edmonds was for the deal to work out in their favor.
Jordan Montgomery threw a one hit shutout tonight. Harrison Bader better be Jim Edmonds if he even plays in September
— Eric Hubbs (@BarstoolHubbs) August 23, 2022
A Lopsided Trade
That’s a lot of pressure on Bader.
Defensively, he can match what Edmonds did over his career, covering a lot of ground and making some signature diving plays.
The offense is still coming around, but Bader has improved at the plate over the years.
Still, the Cardinals appear to be the winners of this deal so far, as Montgomery is giving them the innings coverage that they so desperately needed at the trade deadline and stabilizing the rotation.
Meanwhile, Bader is still out with right foot plantar fasciitis and may not return this year.
The Cardinals are red-hot and the Yankees, while having won their last two games, still aren’t performing as well as they were all the way back in May and June.
This is a team that once had the best record in all of baseball.
Now, they find themselves slumping, with fans questioning Brian Cashman over the Montgomery trade.
So far, the deal has panned out for the Cardinals.
For the Yankees, not so much.NEXT: Yankees Insider Reveals Latest Clarke Schmidt Update