Report: Monta’s suitors originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayria before trade deadline
Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas has not yet been traded out of Oakland, but it looks like several MLB teams are looking for an ace before the deadline.
The number of clubs reportedly interested in Montas is difficult to keep up with, especially after right-hander Luis Castillo was dealt the Seattle Mariners by the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.
With Castillo out of the picture, Montas is now viewed by many clubs as the most desirable pitcher available on the trading market.
The New York Post’s John Heyman reported Friday night that the New York Yankees, then known as the Castillo suitors, are now looking at Montas as their “top starter target.” Heyman said the Yankees are also on the sidelines, including Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jose Quintana.
And while Montas may have an edge over Quintana when it comes to statistics, Oakland has reportedly placed a higher price on the right.
Ahead of the Castillo trade, which pushed Montas’ value even higher, The Athletic’s Katie Wu reported Thursday that it is believed that A is calling for at least two top prospects and is likely “currently substantial.” The roasted player remains with the team in control.” Other teams linked to both Castillo and Montas last week include the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays.
That high price for Montas hasn’t intimidated those interested, though it could make it more difficult for Montas to trade a single takeover team over the time frame. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal said Thursday that the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres are also eyeing Montas.
The Cardinals have been at the forefront of the Montas business discussions for a long time.
But the 29-year-old’s chase could be complicated by his interest in Washington Nationals slugger Juan Soto, as Rosenthal’s column on Saturday said both the A and Nationals are interested in the same race of prospects in exchange for their stars. .
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Montas’ 4-9 record for Oakland this season is not indicative of his success on the mound, where he has a 3.18 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with 109 strikeouts through 19 starts.
Although the asking price for A is reportedly higher for him, the ace has certainly proved his worth.
But whether Oakland’s fire sales will continue over the deadline remains to be seen.