Harrison Bader will be more useful to the Yankees than Jordan Montgomery


If there’s one trade we didn’t see coming at the trade deadline, besides the one involving Josh Hader, it’s the one that brought Harrison Bader to the Bronx for Gunner Jordan Montgomery. .

Many question the acquisition of the Golden Glove recipient by New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. In others, because of the price paid, a quality arm in the starting rotation, a rare and important commodity when the month of October arrives.

But once again, Cashman saw beyond the end of his nose.

Yes, it is true that it could have been Jameson Taillon or Domingo German who could have lifted the markers. But it takes two to dance and you have to give to receive. The value of his last should not be at their peak.

It is also true that we never have enough pitchers. But when it comes to playoff time, a limited number of arms can fit into the lineup. And with the arrivals of Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino and Scott Effross, as well as the potential returns of Luis Severino and Zack Britton, Montgomery’s place was becoming precarious, because his place is certainly not in the bullpen. .

The question therefore had to be asked: will a starter, in this case Montgomery, be more useful in the playoffs than a skilled outfielder who can steal bases and save points? The answer became obvious to the New York staff.

Despite an injury that will keep him out of action for a few more weeks, Bader is proving to be a tool the Bronx Bombers can’t live without, allowing Aaron Judge to patrol right field more regularly, taking defensive responsibilities to the Judge. It will also add speed on the trails, another crucial facet during the fall dance.

And the main interested party, who is returning home, is impatiently waiting to be able to help his new formation.

“I just couldn’t be happier to be here. It was obviously a difficult year. But this organization is doing its homework, I can assure you, and it’s perfectly manageable. I’m just focused on coming back and helping this team win. »

When we talked about seeing beyond the nose, it also means looking beyond the current campaign, because this need in the outfield will still be relevant next season, especially if Judge were to leave.

Once again, Cashman had a well thought out plan, no offense to his detractors.

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