With less than two days to go before the major league baseball trade deadline, the Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly contacted the Oakland Athletics in an effort to acquire right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas.
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This is what MLB Network learned on Sunday.
The 29-year-old is one of the best starters who would be available for trade. It looks like the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals are also in the running for his services.
According to sports site The Athletic, the “A’s” would like to get their hands on two quality prospects and an established player in return for Montas.
In 19 starts this season with the rebuilding Athletics, Montas went 4-9 with a 3.18 ERA. He has been playing in the major leagues since the 2015 season, the only one he played in a Chicago White Sox uniform. The native of the Dominican Republic could also obtain full autonomy under the terms of the 2023 campaign.
Coming back to the Jays, the Queen City roster already has a good rotation of starters with Alek Manoah, Kevin Gausman, Ross Stripling and Jose Berrios. Yusei Kikuchi's inconstancy would explain the Blue Jays' desire for reinforcements on the mound. Also remember that Hyun Jin Ryu will not be returning this season after undergoing “Tommy John” type surgery.
By virtue of their Sunday afternoon win, Canada's only major league baseball team is 57-45. It ranks first among the teams drafted in the American League, with a 2.5 game lead over the first club excluded from the playoffs.