Jordan Montgomery reportedly agrees to 1-year, $25 million deal with Diamondbacks

Jordan Montgomery has reportedly come to phrases with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a one-year, $25 million deal in keeping with The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, concluding a protracted free company for the veteran left-hander that prolonged till two days earlier than MLB’s stateside Opening Day.

The deal reportedly accommodates a vesting possibility for a second 12 months, which might be value as much as $25 million. The New York Post’s Jon Heyman experiences Montgomery will have the ability to choose out if he makes at the least 10 begins in 2024, although extra begins would improve the worth of the second 12 months.

Montgomery, 31, joins the Diamondbacks contemporary off defeating them within the World Collection with the Texas Rangers. He performed a half-season with the Rangers in 2023 following a midseason commerce from the St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched final 12 months on a one-year, $10 million arbitration deal and hit free company for the primary time this offseason.

In 32 mixed begins for the Cardinals and Rangers final season, Montgomery posted a 3.20 ERA and 1.193 WHIP with 166 strikeouts and 48 walks in 188 2/3 innings pitched. For his profession, he has a 3.41 ERA and 1.209 WHIP in 141 appearances throughout seven MLB seasons.

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In six postseason appearances for the Rangers, Montgomery tallied a 2.90 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 17 strikeouts and 5 walks in 31 innings pitched. He picked up two wins in three ALCS appearances towards the Houston Astros, permitting two earned runs in 14 innings pitched. He misplaced his solely World Collection begin, permitting 4 earned runs to the Diamondbacks in Recreation 2.

Now, the Diamondbacks will add him to a rotation that was already wanting respectable with the likes of Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly, Eduardo Rodriguez and Brandon Pfaadt. It’d take some time for Montgomery to make his debut, although, having missed principally all of spring coaching.

Geared up with a four-pitch arsenal, Montgomery depends on his management and his sinker alongside a changeup, curveball and four-seam fastball to maintain runners off the bottom paths. His 6.2% stroll fee ranked in MLB’s 82nd percentile final season.

Sturdy and constant, Montgomery has pitched at the least 157 innings every of the previous three seasons. He tasks as a dependable mid-tier starter in 2024. He was No. 6 on Yahoo Sports activities’ checklist of this winter’s high 25 free brokers.

Montgomery is one in every of 5 high-profile purchasers of agent Scott Boras who did not signal previous to the beginning of spring coaching, alongside Cody Bellinger, Blake Snell, Matt Chapman and J.D. Martinez. On Feb. 25, Bellinger signed a three-year, $80 million contract to stay with the Chicago Cubs. On March 1, Matt Chapman landed a three-year, $54 million cope with the San Francisco Giants. On March 18. Snell additionally joined the Giants on a two-year, $62 million deal. Martinez went to the Mets on a one-year, $12 million contract final week.

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