Mets Bring Back Mike Montgomery on a Minor League Deal

According to Robert Murray, the Mets have signed left hander Mike Montgomery to a minor league deal. It’s not the first time the Mets got Montgomery on a minor league contract as he pitched during the Mets 2021 Spring training.

He was released on the last day of spring after a poor outing as he didn’t make the squad. He ended up signing with the Yankees, who released him in May. After the Yankees released him Montgomery pitched for the Samsung Lions in the KBO. He pitched to a 5.37 ERA in 52 innings. He didn’t make himself popular after tossing the rosin bag to the ump in frustration.

The now 32 year old former first round pick, does have a solid track record in the majors. Overall in 541 innings, Montgomery pitched to a respectable 3.84 ERA. He had his most successful time between 2016 and 2018, pitching to a 3.35 ERA.

Montgomery is most known for one moment as he was the pitcher who got the final out of the 2016 World Series for the Cubs. For the Mets he will provide minor league depth as the depth from the left side is extremely thin.

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Mets release Montgomery

After a bad outing today, the Mets have released left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery. Montgomery had an option to opt out in his contract.

Montgomery appeared in four games this Spring and pitched to a 6.14 ERA in 7.1 innings. While he was hit around a bunch, he did also manage to strike out nine batters.

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Who Fills Carlos Carrasco’s Spot in the Rotation?

With the injury today of Carlos Carrasco, there becomes two major questions: will he be ready to go for the first turn in the rotation, and if not, who takes his place?

Earlier this morning, March 18, the Mets announced that Carlos Carrasco has a strained hamstring. This injury could take varying amounts of time. Until we have more clarity about how long this will sideline the starting pitcher, we have to wonder who will take his rotation if he is not ready for opening day. Carrasco is currently awaiting the results of an MRI, which should provide more answers.

(THIS IS ALL ASSUMING HE IS HURT ON OPENING DAY)

The Rotation Right Now

  1. Jacob DeGrom
  2. Marcus Stroman
  3. Carlos Carrasco (INJURED)
  4. Taijuan Walker
  5. David Peterson

There was a lot of discussion as to whether David Peterson would be the five starter for the Mets on opening day, but now there is no question that he will be in the rotation.

The primary question now, is who will be the new number five? This is where the depth the Mets acquired in the off-season finally pays off.

The Candidates

The candidates are players that I believe have earned the right to be in this spot, not just any starting pitcher eligible.

Jordan Yamamoto

Jordan Yamamoto has been overly impressive this Spring. Yamamoto, 25, has pitched in 3 games this spring. He has pitched to a 1.08 ERA with a 0.960 WHIP over 8.1 IP. Granted, it is Spring Training, but Spring Training right now is the best evaluator of how he will pitch this season. I believe he has earned the right to be in the starting rotation, but there are still more pitchers to overview.

Robert Gsellman?

The main reason I have a question mark next to Gsellman’s name is because I’m not sure if he is ready to be a starter, or if the Mets want him to be. However, Gsellman has been having a good Spring. He hasn’t started yet, but was a starter at the beginning of his career with the Mets. He has pitched to a 2.25 ERA over 4 IP so far in Spring Training. The main issue is his WHIP- 1.750. He has given up six hits in those four innings, which leads to concerns about his ability to be a solid pitcher, let alone a starter. Either way, there should be a discussion had because of his past as a starter on the team.

Joey Lucchesi

The Mets three-team trade pickup has been dominant this Spring. He has pitched in 5 innings through two games, and has not given up a run. He also has been keeping people off base, with a 0.600 WHIP. The only baserunners he has allowed have come on three walks. Lucchesi has also struck out seven batters this spring. I think Lucchesi has a very good chance at cracking the rotation. He has a similar past in the Majors to Yamamoto, and has looked better in the Spring. The other thing that is in Lucchesi’s favor is his arm. He is a left-handed pitcher, something the Mets are always yearning to have more of. Having David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi in the rotation back-to-back would be tough for opponents. This is because teams normally need to change up their batting order to tackle a lefty.

Mike Montgomery

Montgomery is an interesting one. Another lefty, Montgomery has past starting experience. However, the Mets initial plan with him was to be a bullpen depth piece. That being said, the opportunity for him to start has to be discussed. He has only pitched in two games this Spring, but Luis Rojas said that they intend to stretch him out. Doing so allows the Mets to see how he will handle starting, and pitching long into games.

Corey Oswalt

This is a name that will probably confuse people. Oswalt is also the most high-risk high-reward player here. He was unbelievably dominant in his first and only outing of the Spring. He threw two innings, didn’t give up a baserunner, and struck out five. Those are numbers that someone would expect from Jacob DeGrom. Oswalt obviously needs more opportunities in the Spring, but those numbers normally would make him a clear favorite. However, it is his past at the MLB level. Oswalt has pitched to a career 6.19 ERA in 23 games, splitting time as a starter and reliever over the course of three seasons.

Who Gets the Spot?

I think there are really only three players that are finalists here- Jordan Yamamoto, Joey Lucchesi, and Corey Oswalt.

My personal choice would be Joey Lucchesi. I believe he has a very high upside, and having another lefty arm in the rotation can be very important for a few starts. Granted, this may only be for one or two starts at the beginning of the season, but this may actually matter more than most may think. The person that gets this spot, is also considered the top backup for when anyone else is injured.

As of right now, Lucchesi has impressed me the most. However, I think it will come down to who puts out the best final Spring Training starts.

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MetsJunkies Game Recap: Mets 1 – Astros 0


In three innings pitched, deGrom struck out seven in three perfectly pitched innings. The two-time Cy Young Award winner really turnt it up a notch against the Astros, as the right-hander reached 102 MPH on the gun.

Pete Alonso went deep off of righty Nivaldo Rodriguez, a 23 year old with six games of Major League experience under his name. The home-run would obviously be an important one as it was the only run of the game.

Mike Montgomery followed deGrom with two superb innings in which he struck out two while giving up just one hit.

Jacob Barnes turned it around for himself as he struck out the side, now lowering his ERA to 9.00 this Spring. It’s important to remember that Barnes has practically had his back up against the wall since being signed very early in the off-season.

Let us not forget about Brandon Nimmo. While playing left field this evening, Nimmo went 2-3 and raised his batting average to .467 so far this Spring. That’s definitely a good look.

With the battle for potential second lefty spot in the bullpen, Tarpley followed fellow left-hander Mike Montgomery with two scoreless innings of his own.

Tarpley now has an ERA of 1.80 in the midst of this battle, however it didn’t end there. Familiar face Daniel Zamora, also pitched a scoreless inning while also picking up a save, his first of the spring. Zamora, did however surrender two walks in his inning.

The Mets will host the Marlins tomorrow at 1:10 PM EST with Marcus Stroman taking on Pablo Lopez.

Players I Look Forward to this Spring (MILB Deals)

The last of my segment for Players I look Forward to is the MILB Deals. Which are players that I see as a good part of the Mets minor league depth.

Mallex Smith:

The Mets have added some outfield depth on major league deals in Almora and Pillar. The current bench is now fairly set and Mallex Smith isn’t on the projected bench. Still, it’s a good player to have if there is a need. The speedy outfielder is a very good center fielder and provides a lot of speed. His bat is light, but that’s also the case with Almora Jr. If the Mets need an outfielder who can play CF, Smith is the most likely candidate, especially with the Mets DFAing Guillermo Herredia.

Aroldys Vizcaino:

Yes, the former Braves closer is with the Mets this Spring. An under the radar pickup in the beginning of the offseason. Main issue is his health over the last couple of years. He has pitched just 4 innings since 2019. When healthy Vizcaino has been very good. In 2018, he pitched to a 2.11 ERA over 39.1 innings with a 1.17 WHIP. It’s obvious what to look for this spring in the 30 year old righty: Is he healthy?

Tommy Hunter:

A sneaky pickup as Hunter signed a MILB deal not long ago. Hunter had some solid numbers with the Phillies, pitching to a 4.01 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. He struck out 25 over 24.2 innings. There is no doubt that Hunter could be part of the Mets pen at some point this season.

Mike Montgomery:

One of my favorite minor league signings is Mike Montgomery. The lefty solidifies the Mets depth for not only a starters role, but also in the pen. He is a perfect example of an all type role pitchers and that gives the Mets some options if there is a need. He wasn’t great with limited innings in 2020 and his 2019 wasn’t great as well (4.95 ERA), but before that he was great in a swing role, which is exactly the role I like the signing for.

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