They weren’t happy with the Max Scherzer signing.바카라 The Texas Rangers have made another aggressive move.
The club announced on Monday (July 31) that it has acquired left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery, 31, and right-handed pitcher Chris Stratton, 33, in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. Montgomery started 21 games this season, going 6-9 with a 3.42 ERA. He was highly sought-after among the remaining starters on the trade market, and Texas, which acquired Scherzer in a trade the day before, was quick to hit the buy button.
Texas is in first place in the American League West (60-45) and has a good chance of making the postseason (PS). However, their 1.5-game lead over the second-place Houston Astros (59-47) isn’t much, so they’ve been active in the trade market. Stratton has appeared in 42 games out of the bullpen this season, going 1-1 with a 4.36 ERA and four saves.
Chris Stratton traded to Texas for Mike Montgomery. Getty Images
Both Montgomery and Stratton are set to become free agents after the season, so this could be a bit of a stretch, but they were aggressive. Texas will also receive a portion of the international signing bonus from St. Louis. According to the Dallas Morning News, a local Texas outlet, St. Louis closer Jordan Hicks was also considered, but Hicks was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.
St. Louis, which lost both its starters and bullpen, will receive left-handed reliever John King, 29, right-handed pitcher T.K. Robbie, 22, and infielder Thomas Suzessi, 21.
King, in his fourth year in the big leagues, appeared in 15 games last season as a specialty bullpen arm, posting a 5.79 ERA. Robbie was a third-round pick in the 2020 First-Year Player Draft. He struggled a bit this season, going 2-3 with a 5.05 ERA in Double-A. He was ranked as the No. 11 prospect in Texas by MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball. Seo had a breakout year at high Single-A last year, batting .308 with 14 home runs and 61 RBIs. He followed that up with a .314 average with 15 home runs and 78 RBIs at Double-A this season. He is ranked 14th in MLB.com’s Texas prospect rankings.