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Thursday newsletter time: Silly money continues to be thrown at free-agent starters

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The intrepid Jeff Passan from ESPN is hearing that Shota Imanaga, a left-hander from Japan, is going to get a deal in excess of $100 million.

He’s not as good as Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who signed a 12-year, $325 million deal with the Dodgers. Imanaga isn’t as good as Kodai Senga, who signed with the Mets last offseason for five years and $75 million.

Imanaga is five years older than Yamamoto and the same age as Senga, 30. Jordan Montgomery turned 32 last week.

Montgomery is the better pitcher, too, and it’s looking as if he’s going to get well north of $100 million even as some suitors have reportedly dropped out of the bidding.

What is Blake Snell, a two-time Cy Young winner going to get?

It’s silly money.

Some teams either don’t recognize that or are so desperate after missing out on Ohtani and Yamamoto (hello, Yankees and Giants) that they are willing to over pay. The Angels have money, too, and reportedly are in on Snell, but that doesn’t make much sense.

Hopefully, an end to the standstill on Snell and Montgomery is coming soon. New York Post columnist Jon Heyman, a Rangers Today subscriber, believes that Montgomery will end up with the Rangers.

If he does, it will be because he either tires of the suspense, wants his best chance to win or teams begin to realize that they are spending too much on starting pitching this offseason.

A name to consider

Left-hander Danny Duffy spent last season rehabbing with the Rangers on a minor-league contract. He even was with the team during the postseason to throw live batting practice to hitters.

He’s a free agent, and the Rangers have interest in bringing him back. The Rangers like him as a pitcher and a person, and he was very happy with the way he was feeling and pitching in 2023.

The question is in which role would he work.

Duffy was a solid starter with the Royals and was a member of their 2015 World Series-winning team. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2021 because of injuries, and he worked only in relief last season on his rehab assignments.

A major-league contract might be a reach, but the 35-year-old making the team as a non-roster invite to spring training isn’t a reach.

Winter Caravan coming

The Rangers haven’t announced the guests who will be featured during their annual winter caravan, but the dates can be found on their website.

The first event is scheduled for Tuesday at the 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, and some information has been posted on Twitter. Josh Sborz, Josh Smith, Jared Sandler and the World Series trophy will be there.

For our friends in Round Rock, the caravan stops there Jan. 18.with Jon Gray and the World Series trophy, among other guests. Frisco will hold its annual stop Jan. 20 at Riders Field, which is also hosting my son’s 11U baseball spring training that day.

There’s a pretty good chance I’ll be there.

That’s two days after the Rangers Today Baseball Podcast hosts its first ever live show at the Hop & Sting Brewing Co. in Grapevine. It’s free to register here, and we will be announcing guests soon.

Doggy video!

Both are good pups. 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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