Yankees Free Agent Who Will Return: Frankie Montas
Remember what we said about the Yankees trying to squeeze juice from every player they've ever traded for? At this point, it would be an upset if the disappointing Montas doesn't return.
Everyone from Bryan Hoch to the wayward winds seem to be indicating that Montas will more than likely take a bounce back pact with the Yankees, hence the team's weird fascination with rushing back his rehab so that he could make a minor-league appearance and big-league relief stint before the end of the season.
There is, objectively, nothing wrong with signing Montas to a cheap, one-year deal and potentially receiving All-Star-level starting pitching in return. Unfortunately, it's hard to be optimistic in even receiving replacement-level starting pitching in exchange for their investment; Montas and his balky shoulder posted a 6.35 ERA in eight appearances with the Yankees during the 2022 regular season.
2023, though? 0.00 ERA. Clean sheet. Sparkling. Sky's the limit.