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Mariners calling up Jesus Montero

Jun 12, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

Jesus Montero AP

Jesus Montero has been a bust for the Mariners since they acquired him as a top prospect from the Yankees for Michael Pineda, but he’s hit reasonably well at Triple-A this season and now he’s on his way back to the majors.

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are expected to call up Montero to provide reinforcements to a lineup that just lost Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders to the disabled list and was already without Corey Hart.

Here’s the thing, though: Montero hitting .270 with eight homers and an .800 OPS in 59 games at Triple-A looks pretty solid on the surface, but in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League an .800 OPS is nothing special. In fact, the PCL as a whole has a .765 OPS this season. He might help, but that probably says more about the Mariners’ other options than about Montero at this point.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    I think they are just trying to win the trade here. Pineda down, Montero up. Your move, Cashman.

  2. ironcurtin64 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    This is what his stat line will look like after three weeks: .178/.225/.337 (with 21 Ks – if he gets significant playing time)

    • drewsylvania - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      That’s a healthy ISO!

  3. number42is1 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    “Jesus Montero has been a bust for the Mariners since they acquired him as a top prospect from the Yankees for Miguel Pineda,”

    uhhh.. it’s Michael Not Miguel

    • tuberippin - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:40 AM

      Don’t be ridiculous.

      Miguel Pineda.
      Michael Cabrera.

  4. drewsylvania - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    They’re calling up a guy with an .800 .OPS in a ridiculous hitters’ league who is a horrendous defender?

    How on earth do the Mariners do this, anyway? They have made an art form out of ruining hitters.

    • ironcurtin64 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      They need his speed on the bases.

    • mazblast - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      He might be the DH, which eliminates the defensive question.

      And as for the OPS, it may not be great, but it’s still above average for his league.

      I may take a chance on him, hoping for the post-hype success story.

    • jwbiii - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      The PCL, especially the Pacific Conference (Conference? What is this? College football?) is certainly a hitter’s league, but Tacoma’s 3 year run factor is .87, so you don’t need to depress his numbers as much as someone playing in, say, Albuquerque (run factor 1.22).

  5. pete2112 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Not a news flash, but I would say at this point the Montero/Pineda trade has been a complete bust for both teams. I’m not sure the Yankees are ever going to see the Pineda they were hoping for when this trade occurred and you can say the same for Seattle with regard to Montero. I guess you could give the edge to Seattle with Montero as he’s at least healthy.

    • thevauntedchris - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Considering Montero was worth negative WAR last year while clogging up a roster spot, I’d say you are probably wrong. A healthy body isn’t worth much when that healthy body sucks. I would think even if Pineda didn’t pitch again this year (which isn’t going to happen), they’d take his 19.2 innings of 1.83 ERA ball over anything Montero has given them so far.

      • thevauntedchris - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        negative WAR in 2012 and 2103.

      • pete2112 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        @ thevauntedchris:

        You do realize Pineda has only pitched four or five games for the Yankees in two years?

        With regard to giving Seattle the edge in the trade, I was just looking for a bright spot in what has turned out to be two players who haven’t really done anything to contribute to their teams.

        I’m a Yankees fan and was hoping for a lot more out of Pineda. The starting rotation needs a serious boost and he was supposed to be that guy and yet again he can’t stay or get healthy. As for Montero, I would think Seattle knew going into the Montero talks that he was clearly a sub par catcher with the potential to be a decent hitter with power.

  6. unlost1 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    The trade is a wash. Speaking of wash, why’s that pine tar on your neck? Ok WITH pine tar, Pineda is better.

  7. sabresfanallday - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Really aaron Miguel

  8. denny65 - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Wow, I didn’t think Jack Z would let Prancer anywhere near a Mariners uniform in this or anybody’s lifetime.

    Next you’ll tell me Cantor lost his primary bid in Virginia.

  9. jfk69 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Hoping he performs just well enough before trade deadline to recoup something in a trade. Following the Yankee playbook just might work here.

  10. thomas844 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Another important number to consider here is 40. What percentage of that 40 pounds he gained during the offseason is gone?

  11. enger145 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Montero wasted his potential by becoming a fat piece of crap. No one really won that deal because montero is bad and so is pineda. The simple fact that injuries have hurt one and laziness has hurt the other makes this a so so trade, one thing is for sure both teams are not getting anything back from these guys.

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