Sunday, February 14, 2021

Mets Sign Pair Of Arms To Bolster Bullpen

Citi Field. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets wasted no time adding reliable arms to their bullpen in the wake of the news that Seth Lugo needs surgery and is likely to miss the start of the season.

On Sunday, the Mets announced they signings of left-hander Mike Montgomery and right-hander Tommy Hunter to minor league contracts and invitations to spring training.

Montgomery is most remembered for closing out the 2016 World Series for the Chicago Cubs, getting the final out in that intense Game 7 in Cleveland. This is the second member of that team the Mets have added in the past week, as they also signed center fielder Albert Almora, Jr.

The 31-year old, 6-5 220-pound lefty has pitched for the Seattle Mariners, Cubs, and Kansas City Royals, appearing in 183 major league games, including 70 starts. 

Last season, he appeared in three games (1 start) for the Royals. In the last full major league season, 2019, he pitched for the Cubs and Royals, and his combined stats were: 3-9 record with a 4.95 ERA, 55 runs (50 earned) in 91.0 innings, 113 hits, 18 home runs, 34 walks, and 69 strikeouts in 33 games, including 13 starts.

Hunter has pitched 13 years in the majors with the Rangers, Orioles, Cubs, Indians, Rays, and Phillies. The 6-3, 250-pounder is 56-45 with 22 saves and a 4.08 ERA (391 earned runs in 863.1 innings) in 472 major league games. 

In last year's shortened season, with the Phillies, Hunter went 0-1 with one save and a 4.01 ERA (11 earned runs in 24.2 innings) in 24 games. 

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