New York Yankees SP: Jordan Montgomery
The next chapter in the book of starting pitchers that I would like for Chaim Bloom to steal from a divisional rival brings us to Jordan Montgomery. That’s right Red Sox Nation, it’s time to make a call to that goof Brian Cashman and swindle him once again!
Chaim has proven to be a chess wizard in the trade department while the rest of the league is playing checkers. Stealing one of New York’s best starting pitchers would bring me more joy than anything else in this world.
Montgomery was the Yankees’ second-best starter in 2021 behind Gerritt Cole and it felt like it every time he took the mound against the Red Sox. For some reason whenever Boston was the opposition the southpaw transformed into Cy Young. He fits a similar role that I previously mentioned with Means in that he’d be filling that vacant middle of the rotation lefty spot.
In 2021, Montgomery owned a 3.83 ERA, 3.69 FIP, and a 1.278 WHIP in 157 1/3 innings of work. Similar to Means, I love his K/BB mix as it finished at a strong 9.3/2.9 for a 3.18 average SO/W.
He just turned 29-years-old and is in his second year of arbitration with free agency not coming until 2024. He did have Tommy John in 2019 but it hasn’t hampered him since with his only time on the IL this year being 15-days for COVID.
He held the Red Sox to a .257/.297/.337 line in 2021 while averaging 3.57 SO/W. With Boston having one of the strongest offenses this past season it’s impressive that he was able to manage them in such a manner. Again, a guy I sure wouldn’t hate to see pitching for us rather than against us.