Rising Demand for Elite Pitchers: Jordan Montgomery and Blake Snell Catch the Attention of Multiple Teams as Spring Training Begins

Scott Boras says interest in Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery has surged during spring training in MLB free agency

As Opening Day gets closer, free-agent pitchers Jordan Montgomery and Blake Snell have caught the attention of four new teams in the past week, according to ESPN. The specific teams and the level of interest remain unknown, but it’s clear that there is currently a high demand for elite starting pitchers due to many pitchers across the league facing short or long-term injuries.

The beginning of spring training has seen several teams dealing with pitcher injuries, including the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, and New York Mets. Gausman and Verlander might still be available for Opening Day, while others like Bradish and Senga will require more recovery time. With peak pitcher injury season upon us, more teams are likely to face pitching setbacks before the regular season starts, potentially increasing interest in players like Montgomery and Snell.

During an appearance at the San Francisco Giants camp, where new third baseman Matt Chapman was being introduced, agent Scott Boras revealed that there is currently a high demand for elite starting pitchers. Boras did not confirm if Montgomery and Snell would consider similar contracts to Chapman’s three-year, $54 million deal. Both pitchers are approaching a point where there may be concerns about them being fully ready for the upcoming season, similar to Jake Arrieta’s situation in 2018.

Snell and Montgomery are among the six top 50 free agents who remain unsigned, including another Boras client, J.D. Martinez. As Opening Day approaches

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