Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune wrote earlier on Sunday an unconfirmed report that the Mariners placed first baseman Jesus Montero on waivers. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman later confirmed that report.
Montero, 26, was having a rough go of it in spring training, compiling a .237/.256/.289 triple-slash line with only seven singles and two doubles in 38 at-bats. This comes after last year’s mediocre regular season showing, when he hit .223 with five round-trippers in 38 games.
Montero was once a top prospect in the Yankees’ minor league system, peaking a #3 overall ranking going into the 2011 season. His poor defense behind the plate led to a position change in 2014 but he never could figure out major league pitching. Montero also had an incident in 2014 in which he went after a heckler (also a scout) who had ordered for him an ice cream sandwich (a dig at Montero’s weight). It’s been a rough road.
Still, Montero should draw interest from other teams, particularly after he clears waivers. He did show some promise at Triple-A Tacoma last year, batting .355/.398/.569 with 18 home runs and 85 RBI in 430 plate appearances.