After being traded to the Rangers at the trade deadline last year, Jordan Montogmery was everything Texas could have asked for and some.

Following a solid finish to the regular season in Arlington, Montgomery pitched to a 2.90 ERA in the playoffs. That strong October run was highlighted by seven shutout innings in game one of the AL Wild Card Round win against the Rays and 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, which made the tall lefty the winning pitcher in the Rangers’ ALCS game seven wins over the Astros.

In the aftermath of the Rangers’ first World Series win, Montgomery tested the waters of free agency, but it didn’t play out as expected for the Scott Boras client.

Just two days before Opening Day, Montgomery finally signed a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, whom the Rangers had just beaten in the World Series four and a half months earlier.

The Rangers knew that they couldn’t afford the type of contract Montgomery initially seemed to be heading for due to an impending TV rights deal with Bally Sports, so they were left with no choice but to pivot, thanks to countless rotation injuries.

Five days before Montgomery and the D-Backs reached an agreement, the Rangers signed Michael Lorenzen to a one-year $4.5 million deal, and the difference between the two has been striking. Lorenzen came into the year with a “chip the size of Texas” on his shoulder, and that chip contributed to his results early on in the season.

Ten starts into his Rangers career, Lorenzen has an ERA of just 3.05 in 59.0 innings pitched.

The 3-3 record for Lorenzen isn’t indicative of the way he is pitching, as he is getting just 2.9 runs of support this season.

On the contrary, things aren’t going as well for Jordan Montogmery in his stint with the defending NL champs.

In ten starts with Arizona, Montgomery has an ERA of 6.58 and a WAR of -1. The Diamondbacks are struggling with a 32-35 record despite entering the season as one of the National League favorites.

As for Michael Lorenzen, his role with the Rangers is still up in the air. With the likes of Max Scherzer, Tyler Mahle, and Jacob deGrom all coming back sometime this summer, we’ll see whether Lorenzen stays in the rotation or makes his way to the bullpen as he did with the Phillies last season.

There is still a lot of baseball to be played, but it’s looking like the Rangers got the better of the “swap,” even if it wasn’t necessarily intentional.

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