Friday newsletter time: Latest Jordan Montgomery rumors all over the map
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Depending on what you read about Jordan Montgomery, the left-hander either:
Loves the Rangers and prefers to sign with them,
The Rangers might have a resolution with their TV deal that would allow them to sign Montgomery,
The Yankees really like the thought of a reunion with him,
Blake Snell is the Yankees’ preference over Montgomery,
The Phillies and Angels are in on him,
He has no interest in the Yankees, and
He wants more money than the Phillies gave Aaron Nola (seven years, $172 million).
Whew. A few thoughts:
Montgomery wants to win, so the Angels don’t have a prayer.
He blossomed once traded by the Yankees and has a nice beard, so New York is out.
The Phillies can’t give him more than Nola. It wouldn’t sit well.
Scott Boras is the agent for Snell and Montgomery, and almost always finds a team will to go the extra year.
General manager Chris Young has never said that the Rangers are out on Montgomery, even when Ken Rosenthal and others said they were. More should come to light on the TV deal Monday in a court hearing.
The longer Montgomery remains a free agent, the better the Rangers’ chances at re-signing him. Pretty sure that has been written in a previous newsletter, and there’s a chance it could happen again.
Moving on up
Among the hires and promotions the Rangers announced Thursday was a new position: director of pitching strategy.
They created associate manager last season, giving that to Will Venable.
Dave Bush, a former Rangers pitchers, has the new position and will have a hand in the organization’s pitching operations. It it not a uniformed position, meaning Bush is not a member of manager Bruce Bochy’s coaching staff, but he is expected to spend much of his time with the big-league club.
Bush was the Red Sox’s pitching coach the past four seasons. He has ties to Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, having pitched for the Brewers while Maddux was coaching there.
The Rangers have scores of pitching coaches in the organization. Todd Walther is the director of pitching analysis. They also have Brendan Sagara, the former co-pitching coach who stayed on last season as the pitch design and biomechanics integration specialist. He helps pitchers with in finding more effective pitch grips.
Bush will help make sure they’re all working together, though he already knows that Maddux believes the best pitching strategy is commanding the fastball and changing speeds.
Also receiving promotions/new posts were:
Jim Cochrane, to chief revenue officer
Dan Hessling, to senior vice president of ticket sales
Jeff Miller, to senior vice president of human resources
Napoleon Pichardo, to vice president of performance
Mike Parnell, to senior director of pro scouting
Logan Frandsen, to director of strength & conditioning
Wade Lamont, to assistant major-league strength & conditioning coach
Bubba needs a razor
Bubba Thompson did not clear waivers. He has landed on the Yankees’ 40-man roster.
The speedy outfielder and former Rangers first-round pick (2017) was claimed by New York after the Reds designated him for assignment last week. The Yankees used Isiah Kiner-Falefa in center field at one point last season, so, yeah, they have a need for Thompson.
The Yankees still have the antiquated team rule that players can’t wear beards or have hair longer than their collar. Mutton chops/long sideburns aren’t specifically banned.
Rangers Today continues to wish nothing but the best for Thompson, whose podcast appearance in 2022 still rates as one of our most watched episodes.
My kids, as they finish off winter break. Enjoy.
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