The Texas Rangers have loaded up the pitching rotation for a run at the Fall Classic.
The Rangers on Sunday acquired Jordan Montgomery from the St. Louis Cardinals – just a day after the team received Max Scherzer in a deal with the New York Mets. Texas also received pitcher Chris Stratton and international pool bonus money for pitchers John King and T.K. Roby and infielder Tommy Saggese.
St. Louis dealt Jordan Hicks to the Toronto Blue Jays earlier in the day.
Montgomery was in his second season with the Cardinals. He had spent more than six seasons with the New York Yankees before he was traded to the Cardinals last season.
In 21 starts this year, Montgomery is 6-9 with a 3.42 ERA and 108 strikeouts. He now joins a race for the American League West with the likes of Scherzer, Dane Dunning, Martin Perez, Cody Bradford, Jon Gray and Andrew Heaney.
Stratton also heads to the Rangers with Montgomery. The reliever has a 4.36 ERA in 42 appearances.
King made 15 appearances for the Rangers this season. He has a 5.79 ERA with 10 strikeouts. Roby has spent his time in Double-A Frisco this year. He has a 5.05 ERA in 10 starts. Saggese has also spent his year in Frisco. He’s hitting .314 with 15 home runs and 78 RBI.
Texas has made clear it’s locked and loaded for a postseason run.