Jim Bouton, 28 years old and a Yankee pitcher since 1962, was sent to Syracuse of the International League on option. In his place, the Yankees singed Bill Monbouquette, 30, a right-hander who was a free agent after nine years of American League pitching for the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers.
“Bouton needs a chance to work regularly,” Manager Ralph Houk said. In 1963 Bouton won 21 games and in 1964 he won 18. A sore arm in 1965 helped drop his won-lost record to 5-13. Last year it was 7-8 with a 3.56 earned-run average. This year, he was ineffective in five appearances. Monbouquette, who pitched a no-hitter in 1962 and won 20 games in 1963 for Boston, had an 8-6 record at Detroit last year.