Mariners suspend designated hitter Jesus Montero for rest of season
SEP 1, 3:58p ET | AP
Rotowire: Feb 20 / 8:09a ET
News: Montero lost 40 pounds this offseason, the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Montero angered the Mariners last season when he showed up to spring training 40 pounds overweight. He's nearing the end of his rope with the organization. "He has a lot to prove," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "And there aren't a lot of expectations there right now." Montero will play first base this year, likely starting the season at Triple-A. If Logan Morrison gets injured, Montero perhaps could be called up -- assuming he's at least competent at first base.
Rotowire: Feb 7 / 11:24a ET
News: Montero has already pushed his weight down to 235 pounds, the target that the Mariners set for him to begin spring training, the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: The former top prospect has been a disappointment since being acquired by the Mariners from the Yankees in the Michael Pineda deal a few seasons back. Montero will compete for a roster spot during spring training and could make for an ideal platoon partner with Logan Morrison at first base if the Mariners can find the flexibility for a player with significant defensive limitations on their 25-man roster. Most likely, Montero will have to prove that his physical and mental transformation this offseason is sustainable by hitting at a steady clip against Triple-A pitching to begin the year.
Rotowire: Dec 9 / 7:53p ET
News: Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said that Montero is doing well with his offseason training in Arizona, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Zduriencik said that he wants Montero to focus on first base this spring, a role that is currently assigned to Logan Morrison. The right-handed hitting Montero could work his way into the smaller side of a platoon with Morrison, if he's able to make enough progress defensively to avoid being a liability in the field. Montero hit .286/.350/.489 with 16 homers and 74 RBI in 97 games at Triple-A Tacoma in 2014.