Revisiting the Pineda-Montero trade
MAY 11, 2:21p ET | Rob Neyer
Rotowire: May 8 / 2:39p ET
News: Montero is batting .327 at Triple-A Tacoma with 10 multi-hit games, five doubles and three homers.
Impact: If the struggling Mariners don't turn things around soon, it won't be surprising if Montero gets called up. Nelson Cruz, who's proven his middling defense is not a liability, could shift to outfield while Montero plays DH. Dustin Ackley, who is hitting .182, would lose his outfield spot. Franklin Gutierrez could also get a look.
Rotowire: Mar 21 / 10:50a ET
News: Montero, as expected, was optioned to Triple-A on Friday, the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Montero's focus this spring was more on just saving his career rather than making the Seattle roster. He started well by showing up to camp 40 pounds lighter, but he still needs to fix his swing -- "There's a big loop in his swing," manager Lloyd McClendon said -- and become competent at first base. No longer a catcher, Montero doesn't really have a spot for call-up even if he tears up Triple-A. His best chance is an injury to first baseman Logan Morrison.
Rotowire: Mar 20 / 11:07a ET
News: Montero, who has three hits in 15 at-bats this spring with six strikeouts, is working on changing his swing, the Seattle Times reports. "There's a big loop in his swing," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's going to have to make some changes and we're going to address them. It doesn't happen overnight. ... But these are changes he's going to have to make."
Impact: McClendon said he wants Montero to pull the ball less and get back to driving the ball to right-center as he did in 2012 when he had 15 homers and 20 doubles. Montero will begin the year at Triple-A Tacoma. An injury to Logan Morrison is probably the only way he gets a callup. Even if he crushes the ball at Triple-A, the Mariners don't have a spot for him, now that he is no longer a catcher.