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D-Backs Make Big Splash in Free Agent Pitching Market Hours Before Opening Day

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PHOENIX, AZ: Left-handed starter Jordan Montgomery and the Arizona Diamondbacks are in agreement on a one-year, $25 million deal with $25 million vesting option, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

 

Montgomery’s vesting option in 2025:


  • $20M with 10 starts in 2024

  • 2.5M with 18 starts

  • 2.5M with 23 starts


Montgomery is guaranteed $45 million if he starts 10 games in 2024 and $50 million if he makes 23 starts. Jordan Montgomery can also opt out of his contract after this season with the D-Backs if his contract vests making 10 starts.

(Per Bob Nightengale of USA Today)

 

The Arizona Diamondbacks payroll is now a franchise record of nearly $175 million and it showed this offseason. Their offseason was a fantastic one to say the least. Their rotation now sits with Zac Gallen, Jordan Montgomery, Merrill Kelly, Eduardo Rodríguez, and Brandon Pfaadt.


Montgomery was seemingly the last big Scott Boras domino to fall. With the rest of his clients already signed, he gets Montgomery a deal he was satisfied with.


Montgomery was known for his stellar time in Texas when he pitched to a 2.79 ERA across 67.2 innings pitched, and helped bring the franchise their first World Series championship.


Montgomery spent his first six years with the Yankees before being traded to the Cardinals in 2022. He was later traded to the Rangers in 2023.


Montgomery has been reliable for most of his career and now he resides in Phoenix where he will add to an already impressive club. The Diamondbacks made the World Series last season and fell short. This offseason, the kept that core intact while adding pieces.


With the stacked gauntlet of the NL West and the Dodgers leading the charge, the rest of the clubs needed to do their part to keep up. With a new franchise payroll record and a strong starter added to the rotation in Montgomery, the Diamondbacks did their part in contending.


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