Jesus Montero is in The Best Shape of His Life, Part II

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Back on New Year’s Eve we noted that Mariners “catcher” Jesus Montero had lost some 30-35 pounds. Now it’s apparently 40 pounds, as this more in-depth report from John McGrath of the News-Tribune about Montero’s offseason transformation reveals.

More importantly, it reveals that the Mariners, though they would have every justification to, have not given up on Montero. They have not given up despite his regression as a player, his knuckleheaded antics off-the-field and the fact that, at present, he doesn’t seem to have a position.

He may not play into the Mariners’ big league plans at all this year. But at Triple-A last year an out-of-shape and unfocused Montero hit .286/.350/.489 with 16 home runs and 74 RBI over 97 games. Imagine what a dedicated, in shape Montero might yet do.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.