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Brian Cashman opens up on Jordan Mongtomery-Harrison Bader trade


Jordan Montgomery is throwing as well as humanly possible in St. Louis, while Harrison Bader has yet to officially put on any scratches.

However, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Tuesday’s episode of “The Show” podcast with The Post’s Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman that he doesn’t regret the surprising trade deadline change.

Jordan Montgomery pitches for the Cardinals on August 22, 2022.
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“We made tough decisions and tough recommendations,” Cashman said. “We traded a quality starter and local player to Jordan Montgomery who was obviously doing well for us. Knowing that you have to give to receive, and that we were looking to satisfy a need but you had to wait.

“And we are in this space where Jordan Montgomery finally took the ball all five days and we are waiting for Bader to get healthy and join our band of happy men. We were in the space where I knew we would be when we made this exchange.

No matter how hard Montgomery threw for the Cardinals, the Yankees’ reality with Bader wasn’t going to change. Center fielder Gold Glove, 28, is out with a foot injury that put him in a bind and hopes to join the team in September for the stretch run.

“We were on top of the defense in every position except center field, so now we’re in position if we can unwrap this gift, which we hope we can do, we just have to wait for a while,” Cashman said. . “When we do, Aaron Boone will have a legit pick in center field that will hopefully serve us well. Those are hard to come by and that’s why the cost was so extreme. So stay tuned. Listen and we’ll see how it goes. No regrets, because this is the space we knew we’d be in… Sometimes you have to rob Peter to pay Paul.

Montgomery has been magnificent for the Cardinals, winning all four of his starts while allowing a run in 25 2/3 innings. That streak started with five innings against the Yankees and continued Monday when the 29-year-old southpaw pitched a shutout against the Cardinals.

Brian Cashman opens up on Jordan Mongtomery-Harrison Bader trade
Harrison Bader watches the Yankees play on August 21, 2022.
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Brian Cashman opens up on Jordan Mongtomery-Harrison Bader trade
Brian Cashman at Fenway Park on August 7, 2022.
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“I play baseball to compete, I like to pitch and compete,” Montgomery said after the game. “I trust my stuff, and you’re going to hit a sinker in the ground.” … I don’t understand what people say about me because I’ve been a good pitcher all my career. I expect a lot from myself. I think my stuff is playing, and you can always count on me competing there.

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