Montero Moves On, Bullpen Help Acquired

We knew we were going to say goodbye to Jesus Montero this year, and it became official earlier this week.

After setting a Tacoma franchise record with a .355 batting average last year, Montero was out of minor league options going into 2016. He was either going to make the Mariners, or be lost to another team on waivers.

The latter came true. Seattle decided to go with Dae-Ho Lee as the right-handed bench bat/first baseman, choosing him over Montero. Montero was exposed to the waiver wire, and the Toronto Blue Jays claimed him.

So now the Montero family packs up and flies to Dunedin, Florida to catch the tail end of Blue Jays spring training. He now faces the same situation in Toronto that he did with Seattle: he must make the big league opening day roster, or else go through the same waiver process again.

We’ll miss Montero in Tacoma, where he was a dangerous hitter. He hit .315 with 35 home runs and 168 RBI in 214 games for the Rainiers, and he was a 2015 midseason and postseason PCL All-Star.

The M’s helped out the big league bullpen today by acquiring right-hander Nick Vincent from the San Diego Padres in exchange for a player to be named later.

Vincent is major league help: he’s out of minor league options. But adding him does help the Tacoma bullpen, as one of the pitchers who was previously likely to make the Mariners is now slated for Tacoma. We’ll find out how the Rainiers bullpen is shaping up soon – probably on Sunday or Monday.

Vincent has crafted a 2.62 career ERA in 161 major league games, working 151 innings. Pretty nice numbers for a guy who was available at the end of spring camp.

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2 Responses to Montero Moves On, Bullpen Help Acquired

  1. Mark Bushnell says:

    Not sure it would have been beneficial for Montero to have cleared waivers. He certainly did not have a future with M’s. Hope he sticks with someone and comes back to be a thorn in the M’s side. Good Luck, Jesus.

  2. Paulmer Browne says:

    Good stuff as always.

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