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Jordan Montgomery agrees to sign with Diamondbacks

Jordan Montgomery agrees to sign with Diamondbacks

Jordan Montgomery has finally found a new home — and it's not New York.

The left-hander has agreed to a contract with the Diamondbacks, John Heyman and Joel Sherman of The Post confirmed Tuesday night.

Montgomery, who won a World Series with the Rangers in 2023, will make $25 million this season with a vesting option for a second, Heyman said.

Jordan Montgomery joins the Diamondbacks. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Conn

He will make $20 million if he makes 10 starts and can make up to $25 million if he makes 23 starts.

However, the player can opt out of the deal next year, if he reaches the 10-point threshold.

The Mets and Yankees have not closed the door on bringing in Montgomery, Sherman reported Monday.

Both teams will be without their aces, Gerrit Cole (neuritis in his right elbow) and Kodai Senga (strain in his right shoulder capsule), to start the year, leaving them with big holes at the top of their rotations with Opening Day approaching Thursday.

But Montgomery is now not an option for either team as it leaves the World Series winners to the defending National League champions.

The southpaw, a 2014 fourth-round pick of the Yankees who was dealt to the Cardinals at the 2022 trade deadline, has been a reliable arm in whatever rotation he's been in.

Jordan Montgomery
Jordan Montgomery helped the Rangers win the World Series last year. MLB images via Getty Images

He has thrown at least 157 innings in each of the past three seasons, tying a career high with 188 2/3 innings last year between the Cardinals and Rangers.

He made his biggest mark with the latter, though, as he pitched to a 2.79 ERA in 11 regular-season starts down the stretch as the Texans entered the playoffs as a wild card.

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Montgomery had solid moments in the playoffs as well, notably throwing two shutouts (and three total starts) against the Astros in the ALCS in which he had a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings as Texas won the pennant before defeating the Dbacks in five games in the World Series. .

All of that success came in October after the Yankees dealt him to St. Louis when he was shaping up to be the odd man out of the 2022 playoff cycle after they acquired Frankie Montas from the A's.

Arizona is fortifying an already strong offseason as it signed left fielder Eduardo Rodriguez and outfielder Joc Pederson along with trading for third baseman Eugenio Suarez.