Frankie Montas settles for $7.5 million offer

Frankie Montas pitching for the Yankees against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.
Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sara Molnick
Saturday January 14, 2023

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Starting pitcher Frankie Montas has agreed to accept an offer of $7.5 million from the Yankees and avoided going into arbitration. The deal was arrived at before Friday’s deadline.

Frankie Montas made eight starts for the Yankees before he was shut down again because of shoulder problems. He came back to pitch in the ALCS but was not as good as before. He came out of the bullpen and only pitched one inning against the Astros.

The right-hander got off to a terrible start with the Yankees after being traded from Oakland before last year’s trade deadline. Frankie Montas had been dealing with a shoulder injury before joining the Yankees and it came back to bother him later in the year.

The Yankees signed starting pitcher Carlos Rodon for six years amounting to $162 million this offseason. He will come in behind Gerrit Cole in the rotation. The signing of Carlos Rodon has pushed struggling Frankie Montas down the order in the rotation and the pitcher is going to start the 2023 season as the Yankees’ No. 5 starter. This will give Frankie Montas a chance to get back on track.

Carlos Rodon and Frankie Montas

The Yankees went on to retain Luis Severino for $15 million, and Nestor Cortes, Domingo German, and Clarke Schmidt are also on the team roster.

Jon Heyman of The Post wrote that Kyle Higashioka agreed to a deal worth $1.46 million.

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