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Wednesday newsletter time: Jordan Montgomery is off the market. Finally

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Welp, no more need to keep checking Twitter for Jordan Montgomery news.

The left-hander has finally found a team.

Montgomery agreed to a one-year, $25 million deal with the Diamondbacks that will become a two-year, $45 million deal if he makes 10 starts this season.

He might have landed in a good spot, with the World Series runners-up, but he didn’t get the fortune he and agent Scott Boras were seeking in free agency.

Surely somewhere along the line he turned down more than $45 million.

It would be interesting to know if the Rangers ever came close.

They might have. Early in the offseason, before their Diamond Sports Group situation gained clarity, they might have made him a lucrative short-term offer.

General manager Chris Young said at the winter meetings that the Rangers had the money to sign any free agent. A long-term deal wasn’t in the cards but a smaller package was, Young suggested.

The Rangers signed Tyler Mahle to a two-year, $22.5 million deal in December, with the right-hander getting only $5.5 million this season as he comes back from Tommy John surgery.

At the time, though, the assumption was that Montgomery and Blake Snell, another Boras client, would clean up. Baseball was waiting for Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto to sign, and the expectation was Montgomery and Snell would land their paydays in January.

Two and three months later, the Rangers were threatening to go past the second luxury-tax threshold, which comes with a stiffer penalty. The TV deal is still up in the air after this season.

Could owner Ray Davis have dipped into his own wallet, signed Montgomery, paid the tax and not have his lifestyle the least bit affected? Yes. Will he regret not doing it? Maybe, but he’s running his business the best way he sees fit.

As for Montgomery and Snell, they have new teams and short-term deals with a high annual average salary. They will get another chance at free agency before their careers end.

Both, though, are probably kicking themselves, and maybe their agent, for what they turned down earlier in the offseason.

Good sign

Corey Seager and Josh Jung were back in the field Tuesday after playing six innings there Monday night.

Manager Bruce Bochy said that was a “great sign” regarding their availability for Opening Day.

At this point, it would take an illness or a cooking accident to keep them off the season-opening roster, but the Rangers had to make absolutely sure that Seager was over his sports hernia and that Jung’s left calf was fine.

The Rangers are off day and Friday, which will help Seager and Jung continue to responsibly build stamina without taxing their injuries too much. Their biggest goal going forward is to continue building strength.

“Just getting into everyday playing shape,” Bochy said. “When we start this season, we’re not going to be grinding them through it.”

Bochy will likely give the All-Star infielders full days off or games at designated hitter to get them off their feet without taking their bats out of the lineup.

Too cold at home

Much to just about everyone’s surprise, the Globe Life Field roof started to open about 30 minutes before first pitch.

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and the field was bathed in sunshine.

First-pitch temperature: 52 degrees, but it felt like 49.

That’s too cold. Even fans sitting in the sun were layered up.

Maybe the Rangers wanted to make the Red Sox feel at home, where it felt like 29 with rain in Boston.

The temperature at first pitch Thursday night should be around 65 to 70. The wind is forecast to be 10 to 15 miles per hour from the south, meaning it will be helping hitters.

Don’t be surprised if it’s closed. Don’t be surprised if it’s open. Plan accordingly.

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Lap dog. 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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  1. deGrom Texas Ranger March 28, 2024

    It seems that Montgomery a) got fleeced by Boras’ excessive risk-taking style that only works for Boras, given his ability to hedge risk over dozens of clients (which individual players lack) and b) may be able to get around the qualifying offer situation since there should be a new rule that he has to be rostered all season long on the MLB roster to get a qualifying offer the year before he becomes a free agent. If he doesn’t opt out and doesn’t get traded in 2025, he is probably setup for a qualifying offer then. If his performance doesn’t merit a qualifying offer, then he probably has bigger issues at that point.

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