Frankie Montas struggles in Yankees debut as New York falls, 12-9, to Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS -- You can’t judge a trade after a week. In some cases, you can’t judge a trade after a year.

But in the early going, the returns from the acquisitions the Yankees made before Tuesday's Trade Deadline have not exactly come rushing in. New outfielder Andrew Benintendi has four hits in 29 at-bats since joining the club. Harrison Bader is still recovering from plantar fasciitis in his right foot and the team has yet to announce when he’ll make it into center field.

The one Major League pitcher the Yankees dealt, Jordan Montgomery, just tossed five scoreless innings on Saturday -- and it was against them.

But the big prize to come out of the Yankees' trade talks was flame-throwing right-hander Frankie Montas, a pitcher they’re hoping can slot somewhere behind ace Gerrit Cole and help lead them to their first World Series title in 13 years. The immediate returns in his case also weren’t great.

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