Red Sox edge ahead of Yankees in Jordan Montgomery sweepstakes

Ex-Yankees player Jordan Montgomery and wife McKenzie Dirr with the 2023 World Series trophy.

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Many see the Yankees as the most potent destination for free agent Jordan Montgomery in the upcoming season. But the team has to battle their AL East rival the Red Sox. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Boston officials are already in discussions with the pitcher’s agent.

As the left-hander enters free agency, there is expected to be significant interest in his services. Bob Nightengale of USA Today has already reported that the Yankees and Cardinals are likely to pursue Montgomery, a former pitcher for both teams. He played a crucial role in helping the Rangers secure their first World Series championship.

The best year of Montgomery

Ex-Yankees and current Rangers' starter Jordan Montgomery with the 2023 World Series trophy at Phoenix, AZ, on November 01, 2023.

Montgomery’s tenure with the Yankees concluded with a trade to the Cardinals during the previous year’s trade deadline. In return, the Yankees acquired center fielder Harrison Bader. Prior to his move to St. Louis, The ex-Yankees pitcher had a notable performance, achieving a 3.69 ERA across 21 starts and amassing 97 strikeouts in 114 2/3 innings pitched. During his time with the Cardinals in 2022, he maintained his strong form, recording a 3.11 ERA over 63 2/3 innings.

During the previous offseason, Montgomery inked a one-year, $10 million deal with the Cardinals. However, St. Louis subsequently traded him to Texas at the trade deadline this year. Over the course of 32 starts for both the Cardinals and Rangers this season, he displayed a solid 3.20 ERA in 188 2/3 innings pitched.

In the postseason, making six appearances with five starts, Montgomery maintained a strong performance with a 2.90 ERA across 31 innings.

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