Montero signed a one-year, $785,000 contract with the Rangers on Friday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Montero will receive a slight raise in his second season of arbitration eligibility after excelling as a reliever in 2019. The 29-year-old had a 2.48 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 34:5 K:BB over 29 innings and could work in a high-leverage bullpen role next season.
Montero has posted a 1.08 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 19:5 K:BB across 16.2 innings in his 10 appearances with the Rangers since being promoted from Triple-A Nashville.
A once-promising starting pitching prospect in the Mets organization, Montero made the transition to the bullpen after missing the entire 2018 season following Tommy John surgery. After dominating at the minor-league level earlier this season, Montero was rewarded with a callup and hasn't seen his performance suffer while testing himself against tougher competition. Texas initially used him in lower-leverage situations, but he's started to gain traction in the middle and late innings recently, notching holds in two of his last four outings.
Montero had his contract selected from Triple-A Nashville on Monday.
Montero will replace the injured Shawn Kelley (biceps) on the roster and in the bullpen. The 28-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery last year and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017 as a result, though he owns a solid 3.44 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 31:2 K:BB across 18.1 minor-league innings this season.
Montero (elbow) has posted a 10.50 ERA with 10 strikeouts over six innings at Double-A Frisco this season.
Montero was forced to miss the entire 2018 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery, though he was able to return to game action with the Rangers' Arizona League affiliate in mid-June and has since been coming out of the bullpen at Double-A. The right-hander doesn't appear to have found his groove just yet, but he'll likely need a considerate amount of time to get back up to speed after rehabbing for a year.
Montero (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Tuesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Montero missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late March. The 28-year-old is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, though a return date in May or June remains possible. Montero appeared in 34 games for the Mets in 2017 and posted a 5.52 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 114:67 K:BB over 119 innings.
Montero (elbow) was outrighted from the Mets' 40-man roster Friday and elected free agency, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
Montero missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late March. The right-hander will likely be limited during spring training, so securing a contract may prove a tad difficult in the coming months. Across 34 games (18 starts) in 2017, he posted a 5.52 ERA and 1.75 WHIP.
The Mets placed Montero (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list Monday.
Montero is scheduled to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery Tuesday, so the Mets elected to shift him to the 60-day DL in order to clear an extra spot on the 40-man roster. The Mets will likely use the opening on non-roster invitee Phillip Evans, who was informed over the weekend that he earned a spot with the big club as a utility man off the bench.
Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
Tommy John surgery was the assumed outcome for Montero after he was diagnosed with a complete tear of his UCL on Thursday. He will miss the entire 2018 season and a typical recovery timeline would see him missing most of the first half of 2019 as well. It could be a tough road back for Montero, as he'll then be a 28-year-old with a 5.38 career ERA coming off a major injury.
Montero suffered a complete tear of his UCL and will likely undergo Tommy John surgery in the near future, Mike Puma of The New York Post reports.
Montero experienced pain while pitching during Tuesday's game and will now have a decision to make in the coming days regarding surgery, which will force him to miss the entire 2018 season. This is obviously unfortunate news for the right-hander, who was having a rough spring training and was unlikely to make the Opening Day roster.
Montero's poor performances this spring have left him unlikely to make the Mets' Opening Day roster, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Montero is out of options, but the Mets may be willing to risk losing him on waivers given how poorly he's pitched. He's allowed at least one run in each of his last six appearances and has five walks in 8.2 innings. It's not as if these struggles are new, as he owns a career 5.38 ERA in parts of four major-league seasons, walking 12.6 percent of the batters he's faced. He's not an asset the Mets can't afford to lose.
Montero is out of minor-league options but hasn't pitched well enough this spring to guarantee himself a spot in the Mets' bullpen for Opening Day, Oliver Macklin of MLB.com reports.
The 26-year-old has always had a live arm, but control and command issues have prevented him from having any sustained big-league success no matter how he's been used. Those struggles have continued this spring, as Montero has posted a 7:5 K:BB through six innings along with a bloated 10.50 ERA and 2.33 WHIP. The club would need to pass him through waivers to send him to the minors, but he isn't giving the Mets much choice with his performance in camp.
Montero gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision against the Braves on Tuesday. He also hit a batter.
He met the minimum standards for a quality start, which is about as much as you can ask from Montero if you're desperate enough to use him in fantasy. The Mets have only four games left, so his season is almost surely over; the 26-year-old righty thus finishes with a 5-11 record, 5.26 ERA and 1.72 WHIP over 116.1 innings (18 starts, 15 relief appearances).
Montero (5-11) allowed five runs on seven hits and a pair of walks over just four innings in Wednesday's loss to Miami.
The 26-year-old righty has now failed to last longer than 5.1 innings in four consecutive starts since his stunning 8.1 shutout frames against the Reds back on Aug. 30. He's still usually missing some bats, but Montero's issues with command and control sprout up in almost all of his starts, making him practically unusable for fantasy purposes.
Montero (5-10) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts but lasted just 4.2 innings and took the loss Friday against Atlanta.
Montero has completed the sixth inning just once in his past six starts now, a stretch in which he owns a 4.03 ERA despite a brutal 1.62 WHIP over 29 innings. Control has been a major issue for Montero all year long, as he has now walked 59 batters in just 106.1 innings. Montero can be nasty, but until he reins in his control there is only so far he can go.
Montero (5-9) allowed one run on four hits and five walks while striking out five across five innings to earn the victory Saturday against the Reds.
Montero allowed his only run in the second inning to fall behind 1-0, and despite struggling with his control, he was able to keep the Reds off the scoreboard the rest of the way, helping lead the Mets to a home victory. He's posted two strong outings over his last three starts to lower his ERA from 5.64 to 5.05, but his consistent control issues provide the potential for significant downside to fantasy managers. He'll make his next start Friday against the Braves.
Montero (4-9) earned the win after allowing four runs on five hits and five walks while striking out three batters over 5.1 innings Monday against the Phillies.
Montero breezed through the first five frames before a three-run sixth inning chased him from the contest. Despite the unremarkable outing, Montero has picked it up lately, posting a 2.10 ERA and 24:11 K:BB over his previous four starts (25.1 innings). The 26-year-old still owns an unsightly 4.8 K/BB on the season, which makes him a difficult pitcher to trust. His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Mets.
Montero (3-9) held the Reds scoreless over 8.1 innings Wednesday, striking out eight while allowing three hits and four walks to collect the victory.
His line looked even better before the ninth inning, as Montero let the Reds load the bases and finally got the hook for closer A.J. Ramos. This ranks as the best outing of the year by far for Montero -- the only time he's cleared eight innings and the only scoreless start he's put up. Of course, he had to throw 117 pitches to do so, thanks in no small part to those walks; free passes have been an issue all year for the 26-year-old. Montero is averaging a strikeout per inning this year, but he's also sitting on a 4.6 BB/9, which has contributed strongly to his hefty 5.12 ERA.
Montero (2-9) landed in the loss column after allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five batters across 5.1 innings Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Montero nearly turned in his third consecutive quality start, but the 26-year-old ran out of gas and ultimately couldn't make it out of the sixth inning. Montero has now compiled a respectable 3.12 ERA and 16:7 K:BB over his last three starts, lowering his ERA on the season from 6.06 to 5.44 in the process. It's unclear when Montero's next start will be, given Monday's scheduled off day, but his recent run should afford him another turn in the rotation.
Montero (2-8) allowed one run on six hits and three walks while striking out five batters through six innings during Saturday's win over Miami.
The 26-year-old righty has now allowed just three runs through 12 innings over his past two starts, so with a 9.2 K/9 for the campaign, his fantasy value might be on the rise. Montero sports a discouraging 5.47 ERA and 1.73 WHIP for the campaign, but he owns the pitch arsenal to reward in favorable matchups. His upcoming home start against Arizona will be a telling test.
Montero allowed two runs on five hits and two walks across six innings in Monday's no-decision against the Yankees. He struck out six.
Montero allowed just one run through five, but he lost his lead when a solo home run from Aaron Judge tied the score in the sixth, just before his exit. He was effective for much of the night, inducing six groundball outs while tying his second-highest strikeout total of the season. Montero's quality start came at a good time, as he had been tagged for 13 earned runs across 13.1 innings over his previous three outings. He will look to build on this performance Saturday against the Marlins.
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