Mets sign LHP Mike Montgomery, RHP Tommy Hunter to Minor-League contracts

The Mets continued adding to their pitching depth on Sunday, signing veterans Mike Montgomery and Tommy Hunter to Minor League contracts. Both received invitations to big league Spring Training, bringing the Mets’ total number of invites to 70.

Montgomery, a former first-round Draft pick, has oscillated between starting and relief work throughout his six-year career with the Mariners, Cubs and Royals. He earned a World Series ring with the Cubs in 2016, allowing one run in five Fall Classic appearances. Most recently, Montgomery served as a multi-inning reliever in Kansas City, spending two brief stints in the Majors in 2020.

With the Mets, Montgomery offers another left-handed bullpen option behind Aaron Loup, with the ability to stretch out as a starter if needed.

Hunter also broke into the big leagues as a starter back in 2008, but has worked exclusively as a reliever over he past eight seasons. He posted a 4.01 ERA in 24 appearances for the Phillies last season, with 25 strikeouts over 24 2/3 innings.