The A’s aren’t the only team closely monitoring ace right-hander Frankie Montas’ recovery after taking a batted ball off his throwing hand during his last start.
Montas reportedly is back on several teams’ trade radars – if he ever really came off since spring training. The biggest interest appears to be from the New York Mets, who have been without Jacob DeGrom since the start of the season and recently lost co-ace Max Scherzer to a strained oblique.
New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer hands the ball to manager Buck Showalter during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
The Cardinals, Rays and White Sox also have been linked to Montas, whose trade undoubtedly would bring back more significant pieces for the organizational overhaul the A’s began in the offseason. There is no reason to think the Yankees, Dodgers and Giants, among others, could be potential suitors, too.
The trade deadline is 11 weeks away, but something could easily materialize sooner, especially as injuries have begun to eat away at the rotation depth of several playoff contenders. The Mets sent scouts to watch recent starts by Montas and the Reds’ Tyler Mahle, according to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman, and they are not alone.
But any potential deals figure to be in a holding pattern as the A’s open a three-game series in Seattle tonight because of questions about Montas’ right hand. He was struck on the index and middle fingers while blocking his face from a line drive Saturday against the Angels. X-rays did not reveal any structural damage, but Montas has only played catch since he was hit. Montas came out of the game in Anaheim because he was unable to comfortably throw …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports