With the playoff run that Jordan Montgomery had for the Rangers, many believe that he has priced himself out of the team's ability to resign him. While that might be true, let us remember that this is a dream rotation. It has also been interesting that the Rangers have been linked to the likes of Blake Snell and Aaron Nola, and yet those guys are predicted to make roughly the same as Monty ($28M per, for 5 years). For my money, if given the choice between the three of those guys, I am taking the known commodity. Their stuff is all well known, but Monty was not only a key part of the World Series title but is well known and respected within the Rangers club house.
When looking at Montgomery, Snell, and Nola, the knock on Monty is that he doesn't overpower people. Well, the Rangers just so happen to have one of the best defenses in MLB and have a manager that loves pitchers that throw strikes. That is what Monty does. He induces weak contact and lets his defense work. The big lefty would be a great addition to the Rangers team for 2024 and into the future. He already knows how to pitch, and won't have to reinvent himself as he continues to age.
Another huge advantage of signing Montgomery over Snell or Nola is that he comes with no qualifying offer attached to him. Both Snell and Nola received qualifying offers and will require the Rangers to forfeit a top draft pick if they sign them. If Monty is signed, there are no additional ramifications to the team.
Leading the charge for the Rangers in 2024 from the mound will be Nathan Eovaldi. This part of the rotation is not a dream at all, but very much a reality. Eovaldi is under contract for 2024 with a vesting option for 2025. The Alvin, TX native was a work horse for the team last season before going down after the All-Start break with an injury. By coming back too soon to try and help the Rangers get back to winning, Eovaldi struggled for a while, but boy did he get it going late and into the playoffs.
Big game Nate, was nails in the postseason, pitching 36 2/3 innings, he had a 5-0 record, the Rangers won all six games that he started, he struck out 41, and had a 2.95 ERA. The guy was clutch and if it wasn't for Adolis Garcia in the ALCS and Corey Seager in the World Series, he would have probably been the MVP of each series.
With Eovaldi heading up the rotation in 2024, the Rangers will be positioned to make yet another push to the playoffs and see if they can make another special run. The better off the starting rotation the better the Rangers bullpen will be next year also. This rotation is a dream rotation for sure, but not one that is so out around that there is no way that it plays out as presented. Now it's time to sit back and let CY do his thing and see what he can come up with.
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