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Despite solid spring showing, Mariners option Jesus Montero to Triple-A

Mar 14, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

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Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports that Jesus Montero was one of several players optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. It’s not surprising even though Montero was swinging the bat well in spring training. The former top prospect in the Yankees’ system was slashing .310/.355/.621 with two home runs.

Montero showed up to camp 40 pounds overweight, which did not go over well with GM Jack Zduriencik. The embattled GM said of the embattled catcher, “I have zero expectations for Jesus Montero. Any expectations I had are gone.”

Since joining the Mariners, Montero has posted a .669 OPS in 663 at-bats at the big league level. He tore his meniscus last year, missing just over a month between late May and early July. He was later suspended 50 games for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.

  1. 1harrypairatesties - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    This guy has fallen so hard.

  2. esracerx46 - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Showing up 40 pounds overweight and being involved in biogenesis are kind of self inflicted wounds.

  3. denny65 - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Prancer is on a downward spiral

  4. balfe13 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Coincidentally, Jack Z’s comments echo exactly how Mariners fans feel about him as a GM. If it wasn’t so sad, there would be some kind of poetic justice to that…

    • seattlej - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Just wait and see how we feel if he trades for Dayan Viciedo…

  5. cmtill14 - Mar 15, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Sad to see him fall like this. Here’s hoping he turns it around and gets back up to the majors soon.

  6. nghtrder169 - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:01 AM


  7. keeney38 - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    If he put

  8. keeney38 - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    If he puts up the same numbers in AAA as he did this spring then I’d bet we’ll see him in the majors again at all star break

  9. strictlythedanks - Mar 15, 2014 at 2:28 AM


  10. henryd3rd - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:40 AM

    Montero’s main problem is he’s a poor catcher who can’t play any other positions. Looks like the Yankees got the best of that trade; because after his injury Pineda has looked great lately?

    • yournuts - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Lets hope so.

  11. shutdownespn - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:16 AM

    Can anybody say “small penis”?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      old gater can!

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        What are you doing in here? You’re supposed to only post in articles involving the Blue Jays.

  12. dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    “Can’t miss prospect.”

  13. favrewillplay4ever - Mar 15, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    If the Yanks can get a decent year out of Pineda, they rake on that trade. Montero looks to be an AAAA level player. He has the talent but is unwilling to do what is necessary to continue his progression.

  14. Detroit Michael - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    These things happen when you are a platoon DH who didn’t hit last year plus missed time due to both injuries and suspension. Can’t erase that impression with a few spring training at bats.

  15. autmorsautlibertas - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    He is a bum.

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