One of the biggest keys for the 2021 NY Mets this offseason has been addressing the lack of pitching depth over the past couple of seasons.
Team President Sandy Alderson has made this a main focus from early on. Thus far, three of the depth pieces the team brought in on the pitching front are Sam McWilliams, Jordan Yamamoto, and Joey Lucchesi.
On Sunday afternoon, the Mets continued filling out their roster, as the team officially announced they are adding a pair of veteran arms in righty Tommy Hunter and lefty Mike Montgomery.
Both contracts are minor-league deals with an invite to big league camp.
While these aren"t names to write home about, both are quality depth pieces compared to what the Mets have been running out there the past few seasons.
What ‘Monty" & Hunter Bring to the 2021 NY Mets
With Seth Lugo starting the season on the injured list, the 2021 NY Mets need all the quality pitching depth they can get, and both Monty and Hunter could potentially help address that issue.
Montgomery missed time during the 2020 season due to a lat strain, and as a result, only pitched five innings for the Kansas City Royals. The lefty has struggled over the past few seasons for both the Royals and the Chicago Cubs.
However, Monty has enjoyed some success, having posted a 3.84 ERA over his six-year big league career. The California-native has mainly served as a swingman during his tenure in the show.
Hunter is an interesting addition for the Mets. The right-hander is a 13-year vet who spent the past three seasons in the NL East pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies.
During that span, Hunter tossed 94 innings and posted a 3.64 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 3.42 FIP, 81 strikeouts, and just 21 walks.
During the pandemic shortened 2020 season, Hunter posted a 4.01 ERA with 25 strikeouts, a 3.31 FIP, and a 1.14 WHIP over 24 innings.
While he is on the older side and has seen his velocity decrease a bit over the past couple of seasons, Hunter is a legit big league reliever, and could certainly find himself on the big league roster with a strong camp.
With some pitching still out there on the board, it will be interesting to see what the 2021 NY Mets do to finish out this offseason. Keep it locked to the OTH for the latest Mets and MLB News as we draw closer and closer to the 2021 regular season.
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