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Jordan Montgomery contract details: Diamondbacks land former Rangers starting pitcher ahead of MLB Opening Day

Starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery is signing with the defending NL champion Diamondbacks.

The sought-after free agent lefty is jumping over to the dark side, joining the team that his former Rangers defeated in the 2023 World Series. ESPN’s Jeff Passan was first to report the news Tuesday.

Montgomery, 31, was one of the headliner starting pitchers available this offseason. His agent Scott Boras was patient in finding the correct fit as his client drew interest from several clubs, including the Red Sox, Yankees, Mets, Phillies and even a potential reunion with Texas.

With 2024 MLB Opening Day just two days away, Montgomery finally found a home — and a favorable deal — in Arizona.

The Sporting News has you covered with his contract details below.

Jordan Montgomery contract details

  • Years: 1 (with second-year player option)
  • Value: $25 million (with player option worth up to $25 million in Year 2)

The Diamondbacks are signing Montgomery to a one-year, $25 million deal, pending a physical. The deal includes a vesting player option for a second year, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Montgomery needs to start at least 10 games in 2024 to trigger the second-year option. If he makes 10 starts, his second-year option will be worth $20 million. If he makes at least 18 starts, the value increases to $22.5 million. If he reaches 23 starts, the value increases to $25 million, as reported by Heyman.

Montgomery has made at least 10 starts in five of his seven MLB seasons. In four of those seasons, he started 29 or more games. History shows that, if he remains healthy, Montgomery should be able to earn the full $25 million player option for a second year in Arizona if he chooses to opt in.

Jordan Montgomery stats

Montgomery has been a solid left-handed starter for seven MLB seasons dating back to 2017.

The 31-year-old began his career with the Yankees, starting 97 games over five-and-a-half seasons. He tallied a 22-20 record with 478 strikeouts, a 3.94 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in New York.

Montgomery was traded from the Yankees to the Cardinals at the 2022 deadline. He finished the season strong in St. Louis, going 6-3 over 11 starts with 61 strikeouts and a 3.11 ERA.

The southpaw began the 2023 season in St. Louis but was traded at the deadline for the second year in a row. The Rangers were looking to go all-in for a World Series push — and acquiring Montgomery did the trick. 

Montgomery was lights-out prior to the World Series, throwing 31.2 innings over five starts and seven appearances. He registered a 3-0 record throughout the American League playoffs, striking out 24 batters with a 1.99 ERA.

His future team wasn’t so kind to him in the World Series, though. The Diamondbacks tagged Montgomery in his only appearance in Game 2, as he gave up four runs on nine hits and four walks with just one strikeout over 6.0 innings for the Rangers. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

You can find a breakdown of Montgomery’s stats from each stop of his career below.

Yankees 2017-22 97 502.2 22-20 478 3.94 1.23
Cardinals 2022-23 32 184.2 12-12 169 3.31 1.19
Rangers 2023 11 67.2 4-2 58 2.79 1.09

Diamondbacks projected pitching rotation

The Diamondbacks loaded up on starting pitching this offseason.

In addition to signing Montgomery, the defending NL champions also landed LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, who is coming off a fantastic season with the Tigers. Rodriguez will begin the season on the injured list with a left lat strain, though.

Montgomery and Rodriguez will join a talented rotation that already includes NL Cy Young candidate Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly and postseason breakout performer Brandon Pfaadt.

  Player Age Throws
SP1 Zac Gallen 28 R
SP2 Merrill Kelly 35 R
SP3 Jordan Montgomery 31 L
SP4 Eduardo Rodriguez 30 L
SP5 Brandon Pfaadt 25 R

Expect 25-year-old RHP Ryne Nelson or 26-year-old LHP Tommy Henry to fill Rodriguez’s spot in the rotation until he comes off the injured list.

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