8 starting pitchers the Blue Jays should target at the trade deadline

With the Toronto Blue Jays needed more quality starting pitching depth to help strengthen their playoff chances, we offer some options who should be considered ahead of the Aug. 1 trade deadline.
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Jordan Montgomery

Purely from an accolades perspective, Jordan Montgomery is not going to be someone who stands out or impresses. However, to hold this against him would be foolish when looking at options for the Blue Jays to consider.

Further, the parallels with Giolito are almost eerie, albeit in a positive sense. Here, we have another pitcher leading the way for an underperforming ballclub.

Montgomery leads all Cardinals starters in wins, quality starts, ERA and WHIP, to go along with a team-leading 2.0 WAR. As with Giolito, his WAR would lead all Blue Jays pitchers and his ERA would be second-best among starters.

The Sumter, South Carolina native is another one who has heated up during the course of the 2023 season. He recorded a 1.71 ERA and 0.957 WHIP during June and started July allowing just two hits and no earned runs in 6.2 innings versus his former team, the Yankees.

In fact, Montgomery's experience of pitching in New York -- including some postseason action -- could prove invaluable in helping the playoff push in Toronto. He's also a southpaw, which would be a welcome addition to a rotation short in this area.

The 30-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the current season. The Cardinals are last in the NL Central and it's up to the Blue Jays to use this set of circumstances to their advantage.