In the MLB it is taken for granted that Frankie Montas is the next player to come out of the Oakland Athletics, a team that is in the process of rebuilding.
The 29-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic will surely be part of the major league mid-season trade moves.
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Montas, who is playing for the seventh year in the majors, is coming off his best season in 2021, with career highs in innings pitched (187.1), wins (13) and strikeouts (207).
Although he hasn’t shown impressive numbers this early in the calendar (he has a 3.77 ERA, 2-3 record and 41 strikeouts in 43.0 innings pitched), he’s sure to attract the attention of teams looking to shield themselves for the playoffs.
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And in the first line among the suitors will appear the New York Yankees, who will go to the market in search of arms that help in the rotation or provide greater depth to the bullpen.
The big advantage in an eventual trade for Montas is that the story of Matt Chapman and Matt Olson won’t repeat itself and Oakland won’t ask for top prospects in exchange for the right-hander.
Maybe it’s the opportunity to include Miguel Andujar in a trade package that includes some young pitchers with whom the A’s build the future of the organization.