5 free agent starters not named Shohei Ohtani the Phillies should pursue this winter

Adding any of these starting pitchers should help fortify an already solid rotation

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2) The Phillies should pursue Jordan Montgomery in free agency this winter

Speaking of underrated, the job Jordan Montgomery has done throughout his career and especially since leaving the Yankees has gone rather under the radar. He's been one of the best left-handers in the game.

Pitching for the Cardinals down the stretch, Montgomery played a huge role in St. Louis getting to the postseason, posting a 3.11 ERA in 11 starts. He didn't start in the series against the Phillies which obviously worked to Philadelphia's benefit.

This season has been more of the same for the southpaw. Montgomery has a 3.40 ERA in 22 starts and 127 innings pitched. He's gone at least six innings 14 times, and has allowed three runs or fewer 18 times. More often than not, you're going to get six or more innings with Montgomery allowing three runs or fewer. He might not be an ace, but that kind of consistency is needed in any rotation.

Montgomery is a pitcher I felt the Phillies should've pushed hard to acquire at the deadline before he ended up in Texas, although Michael Lorenzen wasn't too bad of a consolation prize.