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Friday newsletter time: Is nothing of note on Montgomery good news for Rangers?

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Jordan Montgomery remains unsigned, and what amounts to the latest news on the left-hander isn’t particularly newsy.

Teams are, of course, interested. Missing among those reportedly having interest are the Rangers, who are mum on the subject other than general manager Chris Young saying the Rangers haven’t eliminated themselves from any negotiation. The door is still open, though the size of the opening seems pretty small.

But the Red Sox apparently are out, and Rangers Today subscriber Jon Heyman reported for the New York Post that it’s unclear if the Yankees and the Mets are in or out. That leaves the Giants and the Angels on a dwindling list.

The Rangers certainly need Montgomery, who joined them at the trade deadline and helped guide them to the World Series. With Max Scherzer the latest starter who won’t be ready until summertime, Montgomery would fill an innings void.

The question the Rangers need to answer is how much they would be willing to pay. The uncertainty around their TV deal might be playing a factor in their pursuits, though the decision could come down to a potential ownership/front-office philosophy of not giving out anything more than five-year deal for a starting pitcher.

Scott Boras represents Montgomery and Blake Snell, and it could be some time before the Rangers know what Montgomery wants to do. The Rangers might not have the time, especially if other free agents start flying off the shelves or if the right trade comes along.

But as long as Montgomery remains unsigned, the Rangers are still in the game.

Bubba update

Former Rangers first-round pick Bubba Thompson was designated for assignment Thursday by the Reds, who had claimed him from the Royals after they had DFA’d the speedy outfielder earlier in the offseason.

Should Thompson clear waivers, he could take free agency. If he does, the Rangers might be convinced to bring him back on a minor-league deal.

No, he’s not going to be a starting outfielder, but his speed and defensive abilities make him an intriguing candidate to be an extra outfielder. He does a lot of good things, and he’s a tremendous person.

A non-roster deal would be incredibly low risk. It makes a lot of sense.

The Rangers on Wednesday added outfielders Sandro Fabian, Elier Hernandez and Derek Hill on a minor-league deals with an invitation to spring training. They know Fabian and Hernandez well. They also Thompson well.

Live podcast

For those of you who haven’t heard, the Rangers Today Baseball Podcast has planned a live show.

The fine people at Hop and Sting Brewing Co. in Grapevine will play host to the event at 7 p.m. Jan. 18. That’s a Thursday.

We have some guests lined up, and they will be announced as the date draws closer.

It would be a big help for those who plan to attend to let us know through this Eventbrite thingy.

You should come.

As for upcoming episodes before the live show, we’re planning on shooting Jan. 5 and Jan. 12. We’re also planning to film some mini episodes when news warrants them throughout the year. Oh, and we’ll manage once again when Rangers Today is at spring training.

To subscribe to the YouTube channel (for free), click here.

Card of the Week

Wyatt Langford has himself a baseball card. Banks are now issues loans.

Here it is: The 2023 Bowman Draft Chrome 1st Bowman refractor.

Langford, the fourth overall pick in the 2023 draft, produced at four levels in his first pro season, though he didn’t play much in the complex league or at Triple A Round Rock.

The guess here is that he will be an internal non-roster invitee to big-league spring training and play a lot of innings. He’ll be given a chance to win a roster spot, though time in the minors won’t hurt him any.

Maybe the prices will have gone down by then.

The market isn’t exactly flooded with his cards, which might be why a PSA 10 autographed refractor numbered 9 of 50 was going on eBay for $1,525 after 19 bids and with three days remaining.

Two blue refractors, numbered to 150, sold for $228 and $239.

Jumbo boxes are selling for north of $500, so maybe $239 isn’t a bad price if you absolutely must have a Langford card.

Doggy video!

Like SMU, thinking it should have been in a New Years Six game, vs. Boston College. Enjoy.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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