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Close Pals With CC Sabathia, Texas Rangers Ace Nears Lucrative Yankees Reunion After ALCS Brilliance Against Astros

Published 10/16/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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The New York Yankees are on the hunt for new talents. Not entirely new, though. Following a rather discouraging 2023, the Yankees are now in full force to restructure. While they are eye free agents, one former Yankee has made it to their watch list, particularly after his ALCS performance. What is ironic about this possible association is that he was traded away to the St. Louis Cardinals a year ago. 

This is not the first time a former Yankee (currently a Texas Ranger) has gone on to perform commendably, questioning their earlier instincts. Amidst talks of gainful trades for 2024, will this stellar pitcher be a conducive choice? Apart from his exceptional performance, his friendship with CC Sabathia also shines for reasons not entirely coincidental. 

The Irresistible Free Agent From Texas Rangers Has Friendships With Legendary CC Sabathia

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A tweet by @BryanHoch highlighted the speculations of the Yankee-turned-Cardinal-turned-Ranger being bagged by the Yankees again. It is worthwhile to wonder what made Jordan Montgomery an irresistible free agent for his ex-team. While that question stays put as of now, another point to be noted is how Gumby’s jersey number matches that of former MLB pitcher CC Sabathia. It is more than just a coincidence that they share the number 52. This occurrence reflects their deep connection and friendship. 

The New York Yankees signed Jordan Montgomery in 2017. He stayed with them, delivering decent performances until he was traded away in 2022 to the St. Louis Cardinals. Since then, Monty has given the Yanks reasons to question their move. After his stint with the Cardinals, he moved on as to Rangers, where he currently is blowing heads.

The Texas Rangers are now the World Series favorite and their game against the Houston Astros was the stage that propelled this left-hander to the spotlight. As per MLB.com Montgomery has been the Rangers’ most reliable pitcher since the trade deadline, delivering a 2.79 ERA in 11 regular-season starts since joining Texas. One can’t help but notice that former Milwaukee Brewer and also a left-hander had mentored Monty. 

Back during the 30-year-old’s run with the Yankees, CC Sabathia’s words of wisdom were etched in his mind. Sabathia’s wise words for Jordan were, “You’ve got more in the tank,” showing how much he believes in the latter. There is no doubt that their relationship is monumental in Montgomery becoming the man he is today. 

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Jordan Montgomery’ Majestic ALCS Game 1 Feat

At Minute Maid Park, battling against the Houston Astros on Sunday night, Montgomery accomplished something that made history. He became the first hurler in the history of Rangers to make multiple scoreless postseason starts in the bracket of six or more innings. This lefty threw 6 1/3 scoreless frames that propelled them toward a 2-0 victory in ALCS Game 1. With that, he shared some words that oozed confidence.

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The 1.98m tall, creator of history knew very well understood the magnitude of his feat. Acknowledging that he said, “If it doesn’t raise your game [to pitch] in the playoffs, I don’t think you’re doing it right.” What makes his achievement stand out further is the fact that he shut down Yordan Alvarez, a rather dangerous hitter, as he achieved the remarkable feat.

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Kanishka Prakash

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Kanishka Prakash is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. She comes from an engineering college background and possesses prior experience in the business sector. Her affection for sports burgeoned during her adolescence, with MLB particularly captivating her attention.
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Deepanshi Bajaj