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MLB trade rumours: ‘The ship has sailed’ on Frankie Montas deal between White Sox and A’s | Launderer’s report

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Starting pitcher Frankie Montas is likely the next star player to be on the move as the Oakland A’s continue their dismantling of the roster. But at least one team wouldn’t chase the right-hander.

Jon Heyman of New York Post reported that the Chicago White Sox had stopped trading with the A’s and that Montas wasn’t even the pitcher they were trying to acquire.

“Reports of White Sox involvement were exaggerated,” Heyman wrote. “The South Siders attempted to land Indiana product Sean Manaea, but sources say of any discussion regarding Montas, ‘That ship has sailed.'”

Heyman added that there is “nothing hot” regarding Montas at the moment and that Oakland may choose to keep him until the August 2 trade deadline. The team would likely need a substantial package to deal with Montas, who “is seen as a potential superstar by some,” according to Heyman.

Montas has made two starts in 2022 and is 1-1. He pitched 11.1 innings with 12 strikeouts and a 4.76 ERA.

The 29-year-old is a rising star who looks set to become an ace of a starting rotation. He went 13-9 last season with a 3.37 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 187.0 innings of work. It was the first time he had recorded 10 or more wins in a season.

Montas made his major league debut with the White Sox as a relief pitcher in 2015. Chicago traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers later that year, and the Dodgers sent him to Oakland the next summer.

In addition to trading Manaea, the A’s gutted their core this offseason by shipping Chris Bassitt, Matt Olson and Matt Chapman in exchange for prospects. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Oakland kept moving throughout this season.