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In a free agent class full of a number of gifted beginning pitchers, reminiscent of Phillies hurler Aaron Nola and NL Cy Younger winner Blake Snell, MLB.com’s Ian Browne stated on the “ITM Podcast” that out of the American-born free agent starters, the Crimson Sox have their eyes on the Rangers’ Jordan Montgomery.
“From what I’ve heard, [the Red Sox] like Montgomery greater than they like Snell, they like him greater than they like Nola,” Browne stated.
This isn’t the primary time Montgomery and the Crimson Sox have been linked this offseason, because the crew has reportedly spoken to Montgomery’s agent earlier in November. Montgomery turned considerably of a family identify for his contributions to the Rangers’ World Sequence run, which vaulted him into the highest tier of free-agent pitchers.
“I believe they only really feel like he’s the man that they’re actually concentrating on,” Browne stated. “He is perhaps a little bit extra undervalued, though he did, clearly, increase his worth within the playoffs, sort of like Derek Lowe in 2004 fashion.”
Montgomery started his profession with the Crimson Sox’ greatest rival, the New York Yankees, earlier than he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals forward of the 2022 commerce deadline. He started his 2023 season with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.248 WHIP in 121 innings for the Cardinals earlier than being traded to the Rangers forward of the commerce deadline.
Montgomery completed off his season registering a 2.79 ERA and a 1.094 WHIP earlier than changing into a vital piece within the Rangers’ playoff success. A number of of his mound appearances resulted in key Rangers wins, reminiscent of Recreation 1 of the ALCS Video games 1 and seven of the ALCS to assist ship the Rangers to the World Sequence.
ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel predicts that Montgomery will obtain a five-year contract value round $106 million this winter. Per DraftKings, the Crimson Sox have the second-highest odds to signal him (+550), simply behind the Rangers (+450).
The Crimson Sox are, after all, not assured to land Montgomery. However it seems that they’re going to attempt to take the time to signal him.
“This isn’t a type of offseasons the place you possibly can actually say, ‘Oh, [the Red Sox are] going to do that, this and this,” Browne stated. “You’re simply going to need to see the way it performs out, however the one factor that they want [is] a front-line pitcher, or hopefully two.”
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