Jordan Montgomery Apr 29, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals have had a busy Sunday afternoon. And the Texas Rangers have a busy 24 hours. After acquiring Max Scherzer on Saturday from the New York Mets, the Rangers signaled to the rest of Major League Baseball that they aren’t messing around. After placing Nathan Eovaldi on the injured list, the Rangers went out and acquired Jordan Montgomery from the Cardinals.

The Aug. 1 MLB trade deadline is around the corner, and the Rangers and Cardinals swung an interesting deal on Sunday centered around Montgomery. In addition to Montgomery, the Rangers received right-handed pitcher Chris Stratton in exchange for two prospects—infielder Thomas Sagges and right-handed pitcher Tekoah Roby—and left-handed reliever John King.

In what has been a lackluster season for the Cardinals, specifically due to their poor starting pitching, Montgomery had been a constant in St. Louis’ rotation. The left-handed pitcher has pitched to a 6-9 record with 3.42 in 121.0 innings pitched this season. Over his last five starts, all coming in July, Montgomery is 1-2 with a 3.10 ERA with a 4.49 FIP in 29 innings pitched this month. He’s struck out 29 batters while walking 12.

Those in the MLB world were quick to react to the news that Montgomery had been traded to Texas:

We’ll have to see how this trade plays out for both teams.

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.