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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/6/21

Yanks sign Mike Montgomery; A-Rod says he would have used George Steinbrenner as a model if he bought Mets; Mike King and Jonathan Loaisiga have impressed early on.

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MLB Trade Rumors | Connor Byrne: The Yankees have agreed to a minor league deal with free agent pitcher Mike Montgomery, adding another lefty Montgomery to the team. The 31-year-old southpaw was with the Royals in 2020, where he threw just 5.1 innings while dealing with a lat injury. He was with the Mets in spring training, but was unable to land a spot on the roster in Queens. The Yankees are hoping he can find his groove on their side of New York. | Mike Rosenstein: We all know Steve Cohen purchased the New York Mets, but Alex Rodriguez was in the conversation as well. He didn’t end up with the team, but he says that he could’ve channeled his inner George Steinbrenner and use him as a model on how to be an owner in MLB. “Well, it’s hard to say anybody could be like George. He’s one of a kind,’’ Rodriguez said. “He’s a legend for a reason, but he certainly would have been a North Star for me. Everything that came from Mr. Steinbrenner, he was always talking about from the point of view of, what’s best for the fans, and he started every sentence, ‘What’s best for Yankee fans?’ and I think that would have been my approach.”

Sports Illustrated | Gary Phillips: Mike King hurled six beautiful innings out of the bullpen for the Yankees in Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays. King told himself before the season started that his goal was to reach 100 major league innings in 2021. “I don’t care where they are,” King said. “Whether they’re starts, piggybacks, long relief, whatever it is.” Jonathan Loaisiga also impressed on Sunday. “He’s really attacked the zone in a really good way this spring and so far in these first couple of games,” Boone said over the weekend. The two young arms could be nice pieces to this Yankees bullpen in 2021.