Mets sign Tommy Hunter, Mike Montgomery after Seth Lugo bummer

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The Mets signed a pair of relievers to minor league contracts, they announced Sunday, a day after being dealt a big blow to their bullpen.

Mike Montgomery, who recorded the final out for the Cubs in their first World Series championship in 108 years, and Tommy Hunter were invited to spring training following news that top reliever Seth Lugo would miss the beginning of the season due to elbow surgery.

Since his most famous moment on the mound in 2016, the 31-year-old Montgomery has struggled. The lefty had a 5.06 ERA in three games (5.1 innings) for the Royals during the shortened 2020 season and was 3-9 with a 4.95 ERA in 33 games in 2019.

Hunter began his career as a starter but has been a capable reliever since 2013.

The 34-year-old righty was 0-1 with the Phillies last season. He had a 4.01 ERA in 24.2 innings.

Lugo, 31, likely will be out until May due to a bone spur in his throwing elbow.

His absence, combined with the recent DFA of right-hander Brad Hand, means there may be a couple of jobs up for grabs in spring training, which begins when pitchers and catchers report Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.

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