Harrison Bader trade: Yankees acquire outfielder from Cardinals for Jordan Montgomery

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The Yankees and Cardinals pulled off a late outfielder-pitcher swap

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The Cardinals and Yankees have agreed to a trade that will send left-hander Jordan Montgomery to St. Louis in exchange for center fielder Harrison Bader, the teams announced.

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Montgomery, 29, posted a 3.69 ERA (104 ERA+) and a 4.22 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 114 innings this season in pinstripes.

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He's scheduled to hit free agency after the 2023 season. Montgomery does most of his work behind a three-pitch mix: a 93-mph fastball and low-80s changeup and curveball.

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He throws strikes and has generated a career-high 46 percent ground balls this season, making him a good fit in front of St. Louis' top-notch defensive infield.

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Bader, 28, will also qualify for free agency after next season. He's currently on the injured list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

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He's expected to return before the regular season ends, albeit not anytime soon.

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MLB.com's Bryan Hoch tweeted that Bader will be shut down for a week or two and placed in a walking boot.

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