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 Add Depth in Signing Ottavino

The Mets have added depth in the pen, signing Adam Ottavino to an one year, 4 million dollar deal. The 36 year old is coming off a difficult season, pitching to a 4.21 ERA.

However, the statecast numbers for Ottavino are pretty solid. He limited hard hit contact and hitters couldn’t barrel him up. His expected ERA, expected Batting Average against and expected slugging were also very solid. Main issue with Ottavino was his walk rate and chase rate.

What is odd to me, looking at his statecast numbers is his chase rate. Ottavino is known for his good slider, so a lack of hitters chasing his pitches is surprising to me. What isn’t surprising with his slider is the success against RHders.

In the end Ottavino is still an arm with a track record and experience in high leverage situations. He will join Diaz, May, Castro, Lugo and Smith as the main righties in the Mets pen. The Mets clearly still need a lefty and will most likely add one.

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Mets Bring Back Johneswhy Fargas

The Mets brought back a fan favorite Thursday, resigning Johneswhy Fargas to a minor league deal! Fargas made a big impression in a small samplesize with the Mets and a lot of people are happy he is back.

Fargas made his major league debut with the Mets as a 27 year old. The Puerto Rico native batted .286/.286/.524 in just 7 games with the Mets. He showed speed and solid defense and a lot of energy in a time the Mets had a lot of issues with injuries. He got released when the Mets got some players back from the IL and the Cubs picked him up.

Fargas, has spend the most time of his career in the minors with a .677 OPS. So don’t expect the same type of numbers for Johneswhy as he did in his short stint with the Mets. However, he is fun to watch with his energy. If he has to fill in, you know he will play hard with all the energy he got.

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Mets Sign Lefty Alex Claudio

The Mets have added some much needed depth from the left side, adding Alex Claudio to a minor league deal. The 29 year old lefty is coming off a bad year in the Angels pen, where he pitched to a 5.51 ERA in 32.2 innings. He struck out 30 , but walked 15 over that span. His 4.1 walks per nine was the highest in any season. He also allowed a career high 1.7 homeruns per nine in 2021.

However, if you exclude 2021, Claudio has been a mainstay in bullpens as a lefty. After 5 successfull seasons (first 2 combined just 28 innings) with the Rangers, he pitched two seasons for the Brewers. Before the 2021 season, Claudio pitched to a 3.34 ERA, holding lefties to a .596 OPS against.

With relievers you never know. Claudio is just 29 and could still have solid years left. Before 2021, he was a master in limiting hard contact. Between 2016-2020 he was in the best 10% in barrel percentage every year. With Milwaukee in 2019 (best 2%) and 2020 (best 1%) he excelled in average exit velo against.

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In the end it’s a low risk move which doesn’t hurt. I am sure he won’t be the only lefty the Mets will add, hopefully a MLB deal as well when the lockout ends.

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Juan Soto Younger Brother Elian intends to Sign with the Mets

The Mets and Elian Soto are intending to get a deal in the next international Free Agent signing period, according to Yancen Pujols.

Elian is a left handed hitting outfielder, just like his brother. There isn’t much information to be found on the web, but getting Elian, could lure Juan to the Mets when he is a free agent?

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