MLB trade rumours: White Sox, A ‘very close’ to deal involving Frankie Montas | Launderer’s report

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The Oakland Athletics could be set to trade another key player on their roster.

Univision Sports’ Mike Rodriguez reported on Monday that the Chicago White Sox “are very close” to a deal for Oakland right-hander Frankie Montas.

Bob Nightengale from USA today reported that the White Sox and A’s were discussing a trade, but that Chicago was reluctant to include Andrew Vaughn in the trade.

The A’s have already dispatched Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and Sean Manaea, so it may only be a matter of time before Montas wears a different uniform.

The 29-year-old struggled on his first start, allowing five earned runs in five innings in a 9-5 opening day loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. But he is coming off a 2021 season in which he finished 13-9 with a 3.37 ERA and 3.37 FIP in 32 appearances.

Montas would be a solid addition to Chicago’s starting rotation behind Lucas Giolito and Dylan Cease. There is also a need for weapons at the moment with Lance Lynn recovering from knee surgery and Giolito who is on the 10-day disabled list with an abdominal injury.

Sending Vaughn to Oakland, however, would be a steep price to pay.

The 24-year-old struggled as a rookie, batting .235 and hitting .396 in 127 games. With a full season in MLB under his belt, he’s now starting to look like the hitter who hit 50 home runs in college.

Vaughn went 4 for 10 with two home runs and six RBIs in Chicago’s first three games.

“Vaughn worked on exactly what I told him about at the end of the year,” White Sox batting coach Frank Menechino told The Athletic’s James Fegan. “And I haven’t spoken to him the whole offseason (because of the lockout). And he’s come back and the changes he’s made and the things he’s learned from last year are very visible. . I’m looking for a really good year from Vaughn.”

As much as Chicago could use pitching relief, pursuing Montas at the price the A’s could potentially demand could be a case of focusing on the short term at the expense of the future.

Neal T. Doss