LHP Jordan Montgomery reportedly agrees to sign one-year deal with Diamondbacks

Left-handed starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery has agreed to sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks, per multiple reports, ending a free agency that nearly dragged out beyond Opening Day for the Texas Rangers’ playoff hero.

Montgomery’s contract will pay him $25 million for one year with a vesting player option that could pay him up to $25 million for 2025, per FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Montgomery can opt out of his deal after this season if he makes 10 starts in 2024, according to the New York Post. 

The 30-year-old Montgomery began last season with the St. Louis Cardinals before the Rangers acquired him at the trade deadline. He went on to play a major role in Texas’ first World Series championship run, stepping up in the wake of injured teammate Max Scherzer. While Montgomery was roughed up by the Diamondbacks — his new team — in his World Series Game 2 start, he turned in clutch performances in a wild-card win over the Tampa Bay Rays (seven shutout innings) and in the ALCS against the Houston Astros, where he allowed just two runs across three games and 14 innings.

Montgomery, who came in as FOX Sports’ No. 6 MLB free agent this offseason, went 10-11 with a 3.20 ERA, 166 strikeouts and 48 walks across 188.2 innings pitched (32 starts) in the 2023 regular season. He posted 4.3 fWAR. Montgomery was also second in the majors in batting average allowed to right-handed hitters (.245).

Montgomery joins a staff that includes ace Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly and fellow free-agent addition Eduardo Rodríguez, giving the Diamondbacks one of the deepest rotations in baseball.

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