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MLB Rumors: Yankees, Jordan Montgomery ‘Again in Contact’ After Snell-Giants Contract

Paul Kasabian Featured Columnist II March 21, 2024 Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images After missing out on reigning National League Cy Young winner Blake Snell, the New York Yankees are reportedly “back in contact” now with free-agent left-hander Jordan Montgomery. Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported the latest on the Yankees and

MLB Rumors: Yankees, Jordan Montgomery ‘Again in Contact’ After Snell-Giants Contract

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMarch 21, 2024

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 01: Jordan Montgomery #52 of the Texas Rangers celebrates after winning against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 5 of the 2023 World Series at Chase Field on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Texas Rangers won the World Series 5-0. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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After lacking out on reigning Nationwide League Cy Younger winner Blake Snell, the New York Yankees are reportedly “again in touch” now with free-agent left-hander Jordan Montgomery.

Jon Heyman of the New York Put up reported the most recent on the Yankees and Montgomery, who spent the primary five-plus seasons of his profession within the Bronx:

“The Yankees appeared to choose Snell since their analytics people have the identical points with Montgomery as once they traded him away, specifically that he does not throw particularly arduous, and does not miss sufficient bats. Plus, true or not, phrase obtained out that Montgomery most popular to go elsewhere.

“Anyway, if Montgomery and the Yankees aren’t one another’s first decisions, they could have little alternative now. Sources say they’re again in touch. A niche exists, however no less than they’re speaking.

The 31-year-old went 10-11 with a 3.20 ERA (1.19 WHIP) and 166 strikeouts for the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers final season. He notably excelled after the Rangers acquired him from the Redbirds earlier than the commerce deadline, going 4-2 with a 2.79 ERA (1.09 WHIP).

Montgomery additionally produced en path to a World Collection title, with a 3-1 report and a pair of.90 ERA. He notably beat the Houston Astros twice within the American League Championship Collection.

The left-hander’s time within the Bronx ended after he was traded to St. Louis for outfielder Harrison Bader.

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Shortly thereafter, Montgomery spoke concerning the strain he skilled pitching in New York.

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“I used to be at all times frightened about getting booed off the mound in New York,” Montgomery advised ex-Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and broadcaster Ryan Ruocco (h/t Justin Tasch of the New York Put up).

“The pinstripes are heavy. Not everybody can deal with it. I really feel like I dealt with it OK. I may’ve been higher, however there was a number of issues going into that I assume. However right here [in St. Louis], I am simply being myself and pitching the way in which I wish to. I assume the followers have type of embraced me thus far.”

Montgomery principally fared nicely within the Bronx, notably posting a 3.83 ERA in 2021 and a 3.69 ERA in 2022 earlier than being traded.

With the Yankees in determined want for extra beginning pitching with Gerrit Cole (nerve irritation and edema in proper elbow) out for no less than a few months, Montgomery could possibly be a key piece to the rotation.

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