Red Sox reportedly eyeing top free-agent pitcher
Here we go. The “Interest Kings” are at it again.
It’s that time of the year, when we get to hear who the Boston Red Sox are showing “interest” in ahead of free agency. The question is how legitimate the interest is, and how high the odds are of actually signing the guy.
There was entirely too much “interest” and not enough spending for legitimate talent under former Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom, and now it appears we’re on the way to a similar thing under new CBO Craig Breslow. Here’s the first nugget from the 2023 GM Meetings: Jon Morosi of the MLB Network reported Tuesday that the Red Sox have talked to the agent for free-agent-to-be starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery.
Montgomery, 30, struggled to both stay on the field and consistently perform over his first six major league seasons with the Yankees. But over the past two years, he’s put it together between the Yanks, Cardinals, and Rangers, posting a 3.34 ERA and 324 strikeouts in 367 innings. He’s now a World Series champion after helping Texas win it all, most notably going 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in the ALCS.
The 6-foot-6 Montgomery is certainly going to cash in, as he’ll be one of the top starting pitching options on the open market. The Red Sox will have to present a legitimately competitive offer in order to actually sign him. He may ultimately be overpaid based on recent performance, but Montgomery looks like he’s finally settled in as at least a strong No. 2 starter.
Montgomery ranks sixth in our top-20 MLB free agent rankings for the 2023 off-season. Check out the full list below.
MLB free agent rankings: The top-20 players available in 2023
Baseball is about to kick into high gear for the 2023 off-season. Here are the latest MLB free agent rankings from 985TheSportsHub.com, the top-20 players available regardless of position…
SP/DH Shohei Ohtani
Ohtani may be coming off elbow surgery, which will keep him away from pitching until 2025. But despite that, Ohtani is STILL easily the best player available on the free-agent market, because he’s easily the best overall player in baseball.
A star with both a bat and a ball, Ohtani is a once-in-a-lifetime two-way talent. The concern is whether he will be the same guy as a pitcher when he finally returns to the mound in 2025. But even a diminished version of Ohtani would still be a solid starting pitcher, combined with elite power as a hitter.
So, you can still expect teams to line up and bid to pay Ohtani serious megabucks for 2023 and beyond. Perhaps the surgery knocks the money down a peg for him, but he should still be looking at a record-breaking contract as the top player in our MLB free agent rankings.
(UPDATE: Ohtani announced that he is signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The contract is reportedly 10 years and $700 million.)
2. OF Cody Bellinger
Bellinger is in for a very nice payday, as the next-best hitter on the market after Ohtani. He’s coming off a season where he posted a .307 batting average and .881 OPS with 26 home runs in just 130 games.
As long as Bellinger is healthy, he’s pretty much a lock for 30-plus home runs in a starting outfield spot. Any team willing to spend that’s in need of power in the outfield, or even first base, should be calling about Bellinger.