5 rival trade rumors that could be disastrous for the Blue Jays

If any of these rumors come to fruition, what would it mean for the Blue Jays and their quest to the playoffs?
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3. The Orioles have shown interest in dealing with the Cardinals for starter Jordan Montgomery

Okay, so at least Jordan Montgomery might not be at the same tier level as Ohtani, but knowing that the Orioles are actively planning to significantly upgrade their roster while already holding the division lead presents an even greater obstacle for the Jays to try and catch them by season’s end. Sports Illustrated has indicated that The Athletic’s Jim Bowden has linked the Orioles and Cardinals as potential trade partners for the services of Montgomery.

The Orioles may not want to make available their top prospects for the trade deadline, but because they possess a deep farm system, it could be enough for them to acquire a lower-tiered, yet solid starter in Montgomery to upgrade their starting pitching. He has had a solid season so far in 2023, despite pitching for the underachieving Cardinals for much of the year. He has compiled a 6-8 record with a 3.37 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, with 105 strikeouts in 115 innings pitched over 20 games started.

More importantly, he boasts a career 4-1 winning record against the Jays, and has had some success pitching in the AL East in the past when he was with the Yankees. So bringing him back into the division he is familiar with, added to his vengeful anger when the Yankees traded him away last year at the deadline, could be bad news for the Jays as he will definitely want to show everyone what they have been missing.