With the Oakland A’s reportedly listening to offers for their top starting pitchers, the Dodgers could be a potential suitor for talented right-hander, Frankie Montas. Montas, 28, spent time in the Dodgers minor league system in 2016, after being included in a three-team trade that sent Todd Frazier to the White Sox and José Peraza, Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler to the Cincinnati Reds. Montas’ brief stint with the Dodgers was marred by injuries and he was ultimately shipped to Oakland along with Jharel Cotton, and Grant Holmes in exchange for Josh Reddick and Rich Hill.
Montas has had his ups and downs in Oakland. The right-hander had a disappointing 2020 season where he finished with a 5.60 ERA through 53 innings pitched, but bounced back strong in 2021, finishing with a 3.37 ERA, 3.64 xFIP, 1.18 WHIP, 26.6% K%, 7.3% BB%, in 187 innings of work. Frankie was especially impressive towards the end of year, where he posted a 1.59 ERA, 0.94 WHIP through his final 8 starts, earning him ‘Pitcher of the Month’ honors for September.
The 28-year-old’s four-pitch mix features a plus four-seam fastball averaging 96.4 MPH, a plus sinker averaging 96.2 MPH, as well as a filthy split-finger fastball that he used to retire 26.4% of the hitters he faced last season and a nasty slider. We discuss if the Dodgers should make a move for Montas and if he’s capable of being a frontline starter on a World Series contending team.
Plus, who would the Dodgers have to include in a deal for Montas and could LA consider a blockbuster deal with the A’s for Montas and Matt Olson.
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