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There’s no such thing as too much pitching, unless you’re the New York Yankees. Why did Brian Cashman trade Jordan Montgomery at the deadline?

Montgomery was traded from an excess — at least that’s how Cashman reportedly viewed it.

Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Cashman and the Yankees believe outfielder Harrison Bader to be more valuable than Montgomery through the 2023 postseason.

New York’s rotation, at least on paper, is deep. The likes of Gerrit Cole, Frankie Montas, Nestor Cortes, Jameson Taillon, Luis Severino (when healthy) and more make for a solid starting five. Should New York opt for a six-man rotation, either Domingo German or Clarke Schmidt offer more depth.

That, at least, is the team’s thinking.

However, there are some clear flaws in that judgement. First, most Yankee fans can report that Cole cannot be trusted come the postseason, at least not lately. Taillon and Severino have injury issues. And Montas was just traded, what if he can’t handle New York?

Yankees consider Jordan Montgomery trade worth the risk

Montgomery entered the trade deadline with a 3-3 record, 3.69 ERA and 3.91 FIP. Those are respectable numbers, by any stretch.

Bader, on the other hand, is a former Gold Glove outfielder and a decent bat at his best. He’s slashing .256/.303/.370 at the moment, and is undeniably an asset to any playoff team.

Cashman has earned the trust of fans for moves just like this. When pundits (such as myself) bring trades into question, Cashman is right more times than not.

Yet, even Rosenthal questions the Yanks’ motivation here:

“Earlier this season, Cole said of Montgomery, “the more he pitches, the better he gets.” Over time, Montgomery has gained confidence in his stuff, becoming less afraid to pitch to contact. The change in mentality led to better results — his 4.9 percent walk rate and 14.9 pitches per inning are both the lowest of his career. Yet from the Yankees’ perspective, he still wasn’t good enough.”

Montgomery has postseason experience as well, and would surely have been featured prominently in New York’s bullpen come October.

But it wasn’t meant to be. Instead, the 29-year-old righty could add some much-needed rotation depth to a team in St. Louis which could desperately use it.

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Britain will not be held to ransom by anti-democratic eco zealots – and the police will get tougher on lawbreakers

We live in a democracy. The public elects MP’s to Parliament to decide our laws and policies - peacefully and freely.

That is why we cannot be held to ransom by eco zealots, like Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion.

5There is no excuse for gluing yourself to roads or trainsCredit: Getty 5You are not allowed to break the law just because you are protestingCredit: Reuters

There is no excuse for gluing yourself to roads or trains, vandalising property, digging illegal tunnels, or making someone miss his father’s funeral.

It is wrong to block ambulances, fire engines, or cars carrying babies to hospital.

You are not allowed to break the law just because you are protesting.

The Court of Appeal made this clear in their landmark ruling earlier this year when they found those who toppled the Edward Colston statue in Bristol were not taking part in lawful protest.

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Militant protesters cannot cause criminal damage and smash down statues just because they want to. This is not free speech.

Sun on Sunday readers understand all this instinctively.

I know you are sick to death of the selfish, law-breaking, disruptive minority who seek to impose their views using disruption instead of winning arguments at the ballot box.  

That is why the government has changed the law, giving the police more powers to act. Over the last year, they have made nearly 2,000 arrests associated with Just Stop Oil.

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The Public Order Bill - which is currently being debated in Parliament - will go further by  creating new offences to get tough with militant protesters.

Our new Public Order Bill will make it a criminal offence for people to lock themselves or glue themselves onto buildings to cause serious disruption.

It will also make it an offence to interfere  with key national infrastructure - like the railways and printing presses.

While tunnelling - like protesters did under HS2 - will also be made illegal.

And police will get powers to disrupt protesters in advance.

Police will get new powers to help them stop disruptors in advance.

We will introduce Serious Disruption Prevention Orders, which will mean courts can stop repeat offenders from attending protests.

Disruptive protests take up a lot of police time and money.

Just two operations to deal with the Extinction Rebellion in London cost £37 million. HS2 have said removing protestors has added £140m to project costs.

That money comes out of the pockets of hardworking taxpayers. Since the start of October, more than 11,000 police officer shifts have been spent on Just Stop Oil protests.

5Our new Public Order Bill will make it a criminal offence for people to lock themselves or glue themselves onto buildingsCredit: Alamy 5Since the start of October, more than 11,000 police officer shifts have been spent on Just Stop Oil protestsCredit: PA

As ministers, we are giving police new powers to deal with these protesters.

But police also have a responsibility to use the powers they have to clampdown on those causing havoc.

Officers often do a brilliant job in difficult circumstances, but it is essential that they always act fast and decisively to clear disruptive protests.

The public rightly expect blockages to roads to be cleared rapidly.

That is why, this week, I will meet policing leaders in Downing Street to discuss how we can deal with disruptive protests faster.

Officers need to get tougher with protesters who block roads, try to shut down our precious free press and cause untold criminal damage.

5The court of appeal found those who toppled the Edward Colston statue in Bristol were not taking part in lawful protestCredit: Alamy

Hertfordshire Police were right to admit it was a mistake to accidentally arrest four journalists reporting on a protest. Other forces must not repeat this mistake.

It is a good thing to have deeply held beliefs. It makes sense to care about the environment - which is why tackling climate change is a priority for this government.

But no cause justifies threatening others, stopping them from going about their daily lives, or endangering innocent members of the public.

 What we have seen in recent times is completely wrong.

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has made it clear that the whole government is on the side of the law-abiding majority who want to live their daily lives.

Eco zealots should be under no doubt that they will be arrested, prosecuted and jailed if they ignore the law.

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