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Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery are dropping truth bombs in spring training after disastrous starts

Two of the bigger free agents this past season were Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery, and both signed with the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks very late in spring training, giving them less time to prepare for the season. they cite that as the reason why they have had a difficult start.

“The one thing I would say is you need that major league spring training,” Blake Snell said, via Bob Nightengale of USA Today. “You have to go to spring training. I hope the teams see that. I don’t know what Montgomery does, but I bet it’s hard for him.”

Snell is off to an 0-3 start with a 10.42 ERA on the season while dealing with injury, and things won’t get any easier as he and the Giants will face the red-hot New York Yankees on Sunday. Jordan Montgomery is 3-3 with a 5.48 ERA, and he talked about how his perspective changed heading into spring training.

“I used to hate spring training. And now I’m thinking, ‘I love spring training.'”

Given the types of deals both pitchers signed with the Giants and Diamondbacks, they find themselves in similar situations for the rest of this year to try to set themselves up to maximize long-term revenue.

Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery’s take on the rest of the season

Snell signed a two-year, $62 million deal with the Giants that includes an opt-out after this season. Snell was hoping for a strong season after winning the Cy Young in 2023, which could put him back on the market next season and possibly sign a long-term contract. Montgomery signed a one-year deal worth $25 million with a vest option through 2025, so it’s a bit of a different situation for him, but he still wants to perform well to get another good deal when he hits free agency again. Snell went on to talk about how he prepared for the season as a free agent.

“It’s not easy,” Snell said, via Nightengale. “I didn’t meet a big league hitter until I pitched in my first big league game this year. It is heavy. You just have nothing to go off of. You just think, ‘Oh, let’s see what we have.’ I was confronted by 18 year olds. They’re all excuses. But it is the truth.”

The Giants are one game under .500 entering Snell’s start Sunday against the Yankees, and a good performance would provide some momentum. There is still time for San Francisco to make a run and become a postseason team. The Diamondbacks are 26-32 and in a bigger hole after a World Series appearance. Montgomery will try to engineer a turnaround.