Before spring training, Jordan Montgomery and the Texas Rangers will reunite?
By the time spring training opens on Thursday, two MLB insiders expect that free agent Jordan Montgomery will sign a deal with the Texas Rangers.
Jordan Montgomery and the Texas Rangers have made public progress, but this week might see a lot of changes.
At least that is the forecast.
On the eve of spring training, the defending World Series champions and one of the most valuable free agents remaining in the market might agree to a new deal. It is expected that pitchers and catchers will report by Thursday to the Rangers facilities located in Surprise, Arizona.
Montgomery, who made a significant contribution for Texas during the trade deadline in the previous season and along route to the team’s first championship, looks to have a soft deadline.
When will Montgomery, Cody Bellinger, Matt Chapman, and Blake Snell, the four key free agents still available, sign? is a question that MLB.com insiders Mark Feinsand and Jon Paul Morosi tackled. The four have all been clients of Scott Boras, which helps to explain their lack of signing.
Both anticipate Montgomery signing a contract this week with the Rangers. Montgomery “seems destined for a reunion with the Rangers if the two sides can agree on a number,” according to Feinsand’s assessment.
Morosi concurred, although his tone was more concerning:
Montgomery will sign by Thursday, I think. Pitchers have more motivation to sign than position players because they often require more training camp time in order to get ready for the regular season. Though I wonder if the Red Sox could make a late push by clearing salary with a Kenley Jansen trade, the Rangers seem to be the favorites to sign him.
By Opening Day, neither insider thinks Montgomery will still be available for free. In the event that the Rangers are unable to reach an agreement, they both mentioned that Montgomery might be signed by the Philadelphia Phillies.