Frankie Montas keeps driving up trade value

Frankie Montas is one of the more interesting pitchers that could be available before the trade deadline. He has flashes where he looks like a top of the rotation arm, a potential ace for virtually any team in the league. Then there are those moments where he implodes, leaving his overall body of work to be that of a mid tier arm with the possibility to be far more.

Montas showed that potential on Thursday. He had a no hitter through seven innings, losing his bid with two out in the eighth. He ended the night having fired eight shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out eight in the Oakland A’s 2-1 loss.

Frankie Montas underscores trade value for Oakland A’s

He has put together a strong overall season. Montas has posted a 3.21 ERA and a 1.082 WHiP in his 89.2 innings, striking out 92 batters with 22 walks. He leads the majors with 15 starts and his 89.2 innings rank second in the AL. Montas was third in the AL with 187 innings last season as he is establishing himself as a modern day workhorse.

His ability to take the ball every fifth day and eat innings has value in its own right. Teams are looking for those arms capable of making every start down the stretch. At a time when pitching injuries seem to have skyrocketed, Montas’ ability to stay healthy makes him even more valuable in trade talks.

Outings such as his on Thursday only help that value. If he can find that elusive consistency and produce strong results every night, he could end up being a bargain at the deadline despite his hefty price tag.

Frankie Montas had his best outing of the 2022 season on Thursday. Performances such as that will only improve his trade value.