Jesus Montero
1B/DH TOR
4 months ago

Montero was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Montero was claimed off waivers from Seattle, and he'll look to reinvigorate his career north of the border. Montero appeared in 38 major league games last season, notching a paltry .223 average with 32 strikeouts and four walks.

Jesus Montero
1B/DH TOR
4 months ago

Montero was designated for assignment Monday, Oscar Hueto of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Montero was put on waivers over the weekend, and Monday's move likely means a team(s) put in a claim and the Mariners pulled him back with the intent of trading him. The Mariners have 10 days to work out a deal or release him as he is out of options. In any event, Montero's time as a Mariner looks over.

Jesus Montero
1B/DH TOR
4 months ago

Montero apparently lost the right-handed platoon competition at first base with Dae-Ho Lee as his locker was cleared out Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

The Mariners denied a report that said Montero, who is out of options, cleared waivers and is headed for Triple-A Tacoma. Lee has an opt-out clause in his contract that allows him to become a free agent if he's not on the 40-man roster by Sunday. Montero is 9-for-38 this spring with 12 strikeouts and a walk. Lee is 10-for-40 with a home run, six strikeouts and four walks. If he does make the roster, Lee will platoon at first base with Adam Lind.

Jesus Montero
1B/DH TOR
5 months ago

Montero likely will not remain with the organization if he does not make the Seattle roster as he is out of minor-league options, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Montero is competing with Dae-Ho Lee and Gaby Sanchez for the right-handed platoon at first base with Adam Lind. Montero likely wouldn't clear waivers if he is released, ending his time in the organization. He seems to be the fallback option if Lee struggles in spring training. Montero's strikeout rate (27.4 percent last season) and walk rate (3.4 percent) are at odds with the general manager Jerry DiPoto's focus of controlling the strike zone. If Lee can show the plate discipline he had in Japan (18.7 K%, 10.6 BB%), he could have the upper hand.

Jesus Montero
1B/DH TOR
5 months ago

Montero will compete with Dae-ho Lee, Gaby Sanchez, and Stefen Romero for one of the Mariners' final Opening Day roster spots this spring, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Lee and Montero seem to be the best fits as right-handed hitting platoon partners at first base for Adam Lind. Both players are limited to first base defensively, and Montero is now out of minor league options while Lee has a late-March opt-out clause in his contract after signing a minor league deal with the Mariners this offseason. Montero posted a career-high .967 OPS in 98 games at Triple-A last season (.355/.398/.569, 18 homers, 85 RBI), but he failed to carry that success over to his time in the big leagues. Now 26 years old, his time to contribute in Seattle may be running out, as there's still a good chance he'd be scooped up on waivers if the Mariners don't keep him on the 25-man roster in April.

Jesus Montero
1B/DH TOR
10 months ago

Montero is not in the lineup Friday against the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Montero will be sidelined for the third straight game, as the Mariners draw another right-handed pitcher in Garrett Richards. Logan Morrison will get the start at first base in his place and bat seventh.

Jesus Montero
1B/DH TOR
10 months ago

Montero is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

Montero owns a .987 OPS in eight games this month, but he will be held out Thursday with the Mariners using a lineup primarily made up of left-handed hitters against Royals starter Johnny Cueto.

Jesus Montero
1B/DH TOR
10 months ago

Montero is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

Montero appears to be falling out of favor in terms of the everyday role at first base. He's now out of the lineup for the fifth time in eight games, with Mark Trumbo moving in from right field to make the start. While Montero will likely remain in the mix at the position, he shouldn't be considered an everyday player at this point.

Jesus Montero
1B/DH TOR
10 months ago

Montero went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in a 3-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The young catcher turned first baseman hadn't been playing much coming into the week, but he has now played six times in the last nine days. The numbers are still lacking though, as he sits with a .217 average with four home runs in 92 at-bats this season. The Venezuelan has been in and out of the majors throughout his career, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him back in the minors at the beginning of next season.

Jesus Montero
1B/DH TOR
10 months ago

Montero remains out of the lineup Monday against the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Montero is sitting for the second consecutive game as Logan Morrison takes over duties as first base, although Montero still seems to be the favorite moving forward for the remainder of the season.