Date: August 3, 2022, 11:17 am

The St. Louis Cardinals acquired New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery Tuesday in exchange for Gold Glove outfielder Harrison Bader.

St. Louis is also sending a player to be named later or cash considerations to the Bronx.

With the trade for Montgomery, along with the acquistion of Jose Quintana from Pittsburgh on Monday, Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozielak says they are the right fit to help the starting rotation.

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Montgomery is three-and-three with a 3.69 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 114-and-two-thirds innings this season. The Cardinals also acquired catcher Austin Allen from the A's in a minor league trade that sent pitcher Carlos Guarate to Oakland.

Meanwhile, the Royals are moving on from their second baseman.

Whit Merrifield was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday just minutes before the deadline. The Royals received 24-year-old Samad Taylor and 23-year-old Max Castillo in the deal.

Taylor is hitting .258 with Triple-A Buffalo this season along with 23 stolen bases while Castillo had a 3.05 E-R-A in nine appearances for the Blue Jays.

Merrifield will need to get vaccinated in order to play in Toronto. Kansas City General Manager J. J. Piccollo says Merrifield should be remembered for his play on the field for the Royals, not his recent comments on his vaccination status that prevented him from making the trip with K-C to play the Blue Jays. Many felt those comments were disparaging to the Royals.

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The Major League Baseball trade deadline expired Tuesday.

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