New York Yankees acquire Harrison Bader, send Jordan Montgomery to St. Louis Cardinals

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees pitcher shipped Jordan Montgomery to Cardinals of St. Louis in exchange for outfielder Harrison Bader Tuesday, the teams announced.

New York will also receive a player to be named later or cash as part of the deal, which was reached just before the trade deadline.

Montgomery has been one of the Yankees’ best players, posting a 3.77 ERA in 272 innings in 51 starts over the past two seasons.

Bader, who is currently on the injured list (foot), played for the Cardinals for six seasons. He’s hitting .256/.303/.370 in 72 games this season with five homers.

The trade represents a homecoming for the 28-year-old outfielder, who grew up in Bronxville, New York, and was a Yankees fan.

Montgomery joins a rotation with Adam Wainwright and Miles Mikolas and will be an important pitcher for St. Louis going forward with Steven Matz (knee) currently on the disabled list. St. Louis also acquired Jose Quintana from the Pittsburgh Pirates In Monday.

His departure from New York came a day after the team acquired Frankie Montas from Oakland.

Bader has not played since June 26 due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Once out of the IL, it will join Judge Aaron, Giancarlo Stanton, Matt Charpentier in the Yankees’ outfield and will likely take playing time away from Aaron Hickswho has struggled so far this season, hitting .230/.353/.330 in 91 games.


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