Jordan Montgomery to the New York Yankees for $92 MillionJordan Montgomery to the New York Yankees for $92 Million

The Texas Rangers traded for Jordan Montgomery midseason and went on to win the World Series.

Jordan Montgomery was electric in the playoffs and all signs pointed to him staying with the Rangers long term. Unfortunately, in this business, money often gets in the way.

Montgomery is a client of Scott Boras, a notoriously hard negotiator who prioritizes cash above all else. We can safely assume the 31-year-old Montgomery wants a significant long-term contract to set up the next chapter of his career. Montgomery has moved around a lot over the past couple seasons — from New York, to St. Louis, to Arlington all within a two-year span — so he’s probably looking for some stability.

The fit in Texas was perfect. Montgomery is well-suited to the No. 3 spot behind Nathan Eovaldi and Max Scherzer — there’s pressure to win, but he’s not being asked to carry the bullpen on his shoulders. Plus, in Texas, Montgomery got to work hand-in-hand with two of our great modern pitchers. What a chance to learn and grow.

Money, however, cannot be ignored. Texas won the World Series, so you would expect a blank check from ownership. But, that’s not the case. The Rangers are dealing with concerns about their TV contract, which could impact revenue. As a result, the front office’s spending power is restrained. Texas GM Chris Young isn’t closing the door on Montgomery, but he did admit that major additions are unlikely at this point.

This is a golden opportunity for teams around the league to pounce on arguably the best starter left in the free-agent pool.

1. Yankees can cement contender status with Jordan Montgomery reunion

The New York Yankees traded Jordan Montgomery to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2022. If there is lingering beef, that obviously needs to be squashed. But, while Montgomery might not prefer a move back to New York, the Yankees’ spending power outstrips the majority of MLB teams. If this boils down to a bidding war in a collapsing market, the Yankees can certainly get Montgomery on the phone.

Last season was dreadful for the Yankees, who couldn’t muster enough consistent offense to offset the volatility of their pitching staff. Gerrit Cole won Cy Young and earned his second ERA title, but New York’s other high-profile pitchers floundered. The Yankees gifted Carlos Rodon a six-year, $162 million contract last offseason. He rewarded them with a 6.85 ERA and 1.446 WHIP in 64.1 innings of action.

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