1. Trading Jordan Montgomery Without Contingency Plan
Jordan Montgomery was traded for an injured Harrison Bader. The corresponding moves? None. They didn’t add another starter. They didn’t get rid of one of their five other outfielders. They just added an injured player, traded a regular-season asset, decided to give Domingo Germán more starts, and are seemingly going to rely on Luis Severino’s health, which has been a problem now for four years.
Montas alongside Cole, Nestor Cortes, Severino, Taillon, Montgomery and Germán/Clarke Schmidt is an entirely different story. That gives you enough arms to properly manage guys like Cortes, Sevy and Taillon, while also preparing for a bullpen that could boast a ton of long relief options in October.
Instead, Monty was jettisoned and Schmidt was optioned to Triple-A to be further “stretched out” as a starter (which he was already doing weeks prior). The rotation is now Cole (who has been downright bad), Montas, Cortes, Taillon and Germán. Taillon has been a powder keg for two months now and Germán shouldn’t be on this team. How does this help the bullpen, too, which is already overworked?
Are Scott Effross (62 career MLB games) and Lou Trivino (6.15 ERA, 1.78 WHIP) the solutions to shoulder more of the burden? Maybe that works out … but are we sure about that, with guys like Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Loaisiga still far from their normal selves? Michael King wasn’t properly replaced. Wandy Peralta’s usage has been puzzling. Lucas Luetge isn’t a feared arm and has given up runs in tough spots this year.
So many problems or potential problems that still exist even after the trade deadline. That’s why it wasn’t enough. Feel free to call us babies if there’s a massive turnaround come Sept. or Oct., but it’s hard to envision that at the moment.