The New York Yankees are going to be without starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery for a long time. It was announced on Tuesday that the 25-year-old right-hander will undergo Tommy John Surgery. That will keep him out for the rest of 2018 and most (if not all) of 2019.
Montgomery had been an effective pitcher for the Yankees in 2018. He had a 3.62 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in six starts for New York this season.
While the Yankees will be without Montgomery for the foreseeable future, this could certainly open them to upgrade the starting rotation in the trade market.
#Yankees are well positioned to add a starting pitcher, after news that Jordan Montgomery will have Tommy John surgery. They can add at least $12 million in salary obligations for 2018 (by AAV) and still avoid paying the luxury tax. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 5, 2018
That is something that will probably have to wait a while. Thanks to the second wild card spot, as well as the American League Central and National League West performing poorly, the majority of MLB teams are still in contention. As such, there are very few contenders to draw starters from.
But by the time we get to the July 31 deadline (not to mention the August 31 waiver-deadline), that will certainly change.