Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:26:13 -0800
The Seattle Mariners are disappointed with C Jesus Montero after he arrived at camp 40 pounds overweight. Montero has never reached his target weight since joining the team. "We are disappointed in how he came in physically," general manager Jack Zduriencik said bluntly. Montero previously had been criticized for his lack of work ethic.
Fantasy Tip: The Mariners aren't expecting anything from Montero at this point, and you shouldn't, either, for fantasy purposes. He'll have a lot to prove this spring in order to make the team.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:33:52 -0800
Seattle Mariners C Jesus Montero is on a weight-loss program this spring after arriving to camp weighing 270 pounds and admitting was "just eating" much of the offseason. "To his credit," manager Lloyd McClendon said, "he's putting the time in. We'll see. My eyes are wide open when it comes to Montero. I'm not closing any doors, and I'm not opening any doors. It's all going to be up to him."
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:43:36 -0800
Seattle Mariners DH Jesus Montero (knee) played 22 games in the Venezuelan Winter League in the offseason to test out his surgically repaired knee, and he said he felt "really good." However, he's also trying to lose weight heading into camp. "I gained a lot of weight in my country," he admitted. "So, now, I'm on a program to lose weight. I'm working really hard to get my weight back. I wasn't doing nothing (after finishing winter ball), just eating." Montero is likely to open the year at Triple-A Tacoma.
Fantasy Tip: GM Jack Zduriencik said Montero has a lot to prove. That means he won't be on the major league roster to start the season, and it'll take a lot for him to work his way back to the major leagues, considering the M's have plenty of first base and DH types.
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:26:59 -0800
Seattle Mariners DH Jesus Montero will not report to the team's spring training facility to take a physical when pitchers and catchers report, as he is no longer viewed as a catcher. He will try to latch on as a first baseman and designated hitter, so he will report to the team later.
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:35:19 -0800
The Seattle Mariners are no longer counting on C Jesus Montero (hand) to be a part of their future. "If he (makes the team), great," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "Great for Jesus Montero, great for this organization. But at this time, if you are bringing him in here and counting on him, I think that's a little too risky at this point. I think you'd be foolish to say you were counting on this guy." Montero hit just .208 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 2013 before being sent to the minors after 29 games. He recently suffered a hand injury in a car accident that forced him to shut it down in the Venezuelan Winter League. Scouts also said his size hurt his ability to be a good defensive catcher, and more reports suggested that he was lazy and a diva.
Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:00:49 -0800
Seattle Mariners 1B Jesus Montero (hand) has recovered from a hand injury that required stitches after being involved in a car accident while playing winter ball in Venezuela. He will report to camp early with the pitchers and catchers on Feb. 12. Montero is being viewed primarily as a first baseman now, though general manager Jack Zduriencik said he might see a little duty behind the plate early in camp when extra catchers are needed.
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:11:14 -0800
The Seattle Mariners are letting clubs know that C Jesus Montero and 1B Justin Smoak are available on the trade block.
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:21:41 -0800
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said C Jesus Montero is currently on the outside looking in and will have to earn a spot on the roster next season.
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:36:05 -0700
Major League Baseball announced that Seattle Mariners C Jesus Montero will accept a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.
Fantasy Tip: Montero might have been a September call-up this year, but he wasn't likely to be worth much for the rest of the season anyway. He'll likely have to prove himself in spring training or in the minors next year before making an impact with Seattle. He'll have to do so at first base or DH, too, with Mike Zunino the catcher of the future for the M's.
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 09:44:22 -0700
Major League Baseball announced the 12 names of those that will accept 50-game suspensions for their involvement in the Biogenesis scandal: Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz, Detroit Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta, Philadelphia Phillies RP Antonio Bastardo, New York Mets INF Jordany Valdespin, San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera, New York Yankees C Francisco Cervelli, Seattle Mariners C Jesus Montero, New York Mets OF Cesar Puello, Houston Astros RP Sergio Escalona, free-agent RP Fautino De Los Santos (Padres), free-agent RP Jordan Norberto (Athletics) and New York Yankees OF Fernando Martinez.
Fantasy Tip: These players will all miss the rest of the season, but it's unknown if any of them will play in postseason games if their team is eligible. You can safely drop all of these guys in single-year formats.