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Ex-Cardinals Star Jordan Montgomery Looking To Sign In Market 'Like St. Louis'

Could the southpaw be on the way?

The St. Louis Cardinals spent almost the entirety of the offseason building up their pitching staff after shipping off marquee pieces at the most recent Major League Baseball Trade Deadline.

The most valuable player St. Louis moved on from was left-hander Jordan Montgomery, who reportedly would be open to a reunion.

ESPN's Buster Olney said on The Michael Kay Show that Jordan Montgomery's preference is to be "in a smaller market like Texas, like St. Louis," but isn't sure if that opportunity exists.

Montgomery posted a 3.20 ERA with a 166-to-48 strikeout-to-walk ratio, .247 batting average against and 1.19 WHIP in 188 2/3 innings between his time with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.

The southpaw went 4-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 31 innings this postseason on his way to the Rangers' first World Championship.

With that said, the offseason has been unusual, leaving the Cardinals with a unique opportunity to pair Montgomery with fellow frontline starter Sonny Gray to lead their rotation.

While that would be incredible, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak has been transparent all offseason regarding the club's budget, and it does not appear to have room for $20-$25 million more per year.

St. Louis has no excuse to not go all-in for the southpaw but is unlikely to do so given their history of only moderate spending.

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