Top Red Sox free agent target reportedly living in Boston area
A popular Red Sox free agent target is already calling Boston home.
According to Chris Cotillo and Sean McAdam at MassLive, free-agent starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery is “spending the winter in Boston.” The report indicates that Montgomery is in Boston not necessarily because of his potential interest in signing with the Red Sox, but because his wife McKenzie is starting a dermatology residency at an area hospital.
Montgomery has reportedly been “working out and throwing” on the campus of Boston College in Chestnut Hill.
The Red Sox have already been linked to Montgomery as a possible free-agent target, as new Chief Baseball Officer Craig Breslow has acknowledged that the team is looking to sign a front-end starting pitcher. One of the top free agents quickly came off the market, when Aaron Nola decided to re-sign with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Just because Montgomery is currently taking up residence in Boston, doesn’t mean he’s any more interested in actually signing with the Red Sox. But if he and McKenzie fall in love with the city, that should give the Sox the upper hand to land him.
Montgomery posted a career-best 3.20 ERA in the 2023 season, as he split time between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. He played a key role in the latter’s World Series championship run, going 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA over five starts. He most notably was 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in the American League Championship Series.
On the Red Sox, Montgomery might immediately become the ace of the staff. At a minimum, he’s an excellent No. 2 starter. He ranks No. 6 on our 2023 free-agent rankings, which you can check out below…