Jordan Montgomery, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
With the Cardinals plummeting out of contention in the NL Central, they could be one of the few sellers at this year’s trade deadline.
One player who might be on the move is Jordan Montgomery, who’s set to be a free agent at season’s end. Montgomery, who used to face Boston as a member of the Yankees, has been remarkably consistent throughout his career, going 34-31 with a 3.76 ERA across seven seasons.
He’s probably driving his price up some with this year’s performance (a career-best 3.37 ERA), but playing on a one-year contract means he’s still not going to be especially expensive.
The 30-year-old lefty looks like a perfect rental for the Red Sox. He’s sturdy, dependable and has had success in big markets, making him a good fit for Boston. He’d also give the rotation some balance, as James Paxton is currently the only lefty in the Red Sox rotation.
The Cardinals have a good eye for prospects, though, so Bloom needs to be careful if he’s going to make a deal with them and avoid giving up anyone that’s going to leave a long-term void in the organization.