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The Mariners are making Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak available

Dec 12, 2013, 9:08 AM EDT

Not the biggest surprise in the world given that the M’s added Corey Hart and Logan Morrison yesterday, but:

Both would seem to be prime candidates for a change of scenery anyway, as their status as top prospects has fizzled in Seattle. Indeed, it’s hard to find two hitters in all of Major League Baseball who have performed more poorly than Smoak and Montero. Each are still young, however, so it’s not out of the question that they’ll be plusses for someone, somewhere.

  1. pisano - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Good luck with those two, both pretty much never lived up to their hype, but it could still happen for both, as they’re both still young.

  2. number42is1 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Montero for Pineda? nah… would never happen

  3. markofapro - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Smoak a key part of Cliff Lee trade to Rangers. One of the only former Ranger first basemen not to work out.

  4. farvite - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    When are teams gonna learn their lesson on Yankee prospects?

    • zackd2 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Smoak was a Yankee prospect ?

      • toodrunktotastethischicken - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        Smoak was a Rangers Prospect and Montero was a Yankees prospect.

    • gatorprof - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson

    • paperlions - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Prospects that are traded for from all organizations don’t work out more often than not….we are just more aware of those that the mainstream media hype more. It isn’t like teams become enamored with Yankee prospects because they hear about them in the media, every team scouts every other team’s system. Prospects mostly fail because you just never know when a player will hit his ceiling, until he does.

    • TheMorningStar - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Remember the ‘Joba rules’?

      Hahahahaha… what a joke!!!

  5. hittfamily - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Kind of hard to believe Seattle won the Montero deal.

    • deathmonkey41 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      I’m kinda thinking that’s still up in the air.

      • hittfamily - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        I guess you are right. 0 fWAR beats -.8 fWAR every time.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    This one could potentially produce two losers. I hope not, but you just never know…

  7. gwhempel - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    I’d like to see the Brewers make a play for Smoak. Looked like he started to figure it out last year, and a move from Safeco to Miller Park could be just what he needs.

    • yahmule - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      I think Smoak could still turn into a decent player. His walk rate has always been encouraging, even if his ISO has never been very impressive. His road splits project out a bit better than his home numbers. He improved throughout the season last year before tailing off in August and falling off the map in September. One thing that has held him back is an inability to avoid hand injuries. I think that might have been part of his problem down the stretch last year.

  8. denny65 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    The Ms would be wise to keep Smokie; he’s rounding into form and, if not given away, would be the starting first baseman coming out of spring training.

    Montero? Anyone who follows Mariner baseball would be happy to help him pack. The “Prancer” (have you seen him run?) was never a catcher and his hitting is in a permanent nosedive.

  9. jrocknstuff - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Lets see what Seattle can get for Montero before deciding the winner of that deal. Right now both teams look like losers, but I still believe Pineda has a lot to offer. Many pitchers have come back better after that surgery, so I’m not so sure he’s done yet. I’m not ready to rule on that trade yet.

  10. mmason0071 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Just the way I trade stocks – buy high and sell low.

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