Per FanSided’s own Robert Murray, the New York Yankees are adding Mike Montgomery.
Montgomery is most recently known for his fall from grace with the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals, but he was once deemed a valued prospect, and even made the final out of the 2016 World Series for KC.
Since then, things have not necessarily gone according to plan. He could easily fit into a depth reliever role for the Yankees, or a lefty specialist. New York signed Montgomery to a minor-league contract, so this will not be a decisive move one way or the other unless he contributes to the major-league roster in some way.
Montgomery gets a minor-league deal with the Yankees. https://t.co/pcPQ9tU7eg
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) April 5, 2021
Montgomery’s last major-league action was in Kansas City, where he pitched in three games and recorded an ERA of 5.06, with no decisions.
Mike Montgomery’s career path will now lead him to the Bronx
Montgomery is expected to report to the Yankees’ alternate training site, where he will be tested before being added to Aaron Boone’s bullpen. While the Yanks could surely use all the bodies they can get in the ‘pen, they’re not in dire straights in that department, so there’s no real need to rush him to the big-league level.
Nonetheless, adding a lefty with World Series experience can’t be deemed a bad thing from Brian Cashman. While the Yankees have had a rough start to the season, it’s tough to put the blame solely on the bullpen for such matters. With New York’s offensive problems at hand, signing Montgomery doesn’t necessarily address the problem.
Yet, it doesn’t hurt to have left-handed bullpen depth in a long season, either.