Frankie Montas would have to be living under a rock not to know about the trade rumors swirling around him. After virtually anyone else with any value was sent away by the Oakland A’s, it was inevitable that the same would happen with Montas.
This is something that he is more than aware of. Although he said that he “does not want to think about” any possible trade, he knows that it is highly likely that such a deal happens. It is just a matter of when, not if, that happens.
Frankie Montas could be staring down final Oakland A’s starts
It is also something that is hovering over his return from the Injured List. Montas was set to have another bullpen session on Saturday, and should that go well, would be looking to return to the rotation immediately after the All Star Break.
Those outings will have an added significance. Teams interested in acquiring his services will be looking to make certain that he is healthy. Any possible rust in that first outing would likely be overlooked as long as his stuff is there.
In a way, those outings could be a three game showcase for Montas. That is something else on his mind, as he knows that the sooner he returns, the sooner teams will be jockeying for his services. Likewise, the earlier he comes back, the sooner a trade could happen, allowing more time to find comfort in his new surroundings.
But it all comes back to when Montas is able to return. The A’s are not going to trade him at a discount. And teams are not going to want to make a deal without seeing how healthy he is. If his bullpen session goes well, and he can make that appearance right after the break, then the offers could start to pour in.
Frankie Montas knows that he is not likely to be a part of the Oakland A’s for much longer. It is just a matter of when his showcase will begin.