As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene…
Oops, wrong Jesus. This one might not be returning so soon. The Seattle Mariners will send Jesus Montero to Triple-A Tacoma, according to a report from Ryan Divish.
The only surprise here is that the Mariners kept Montero up with the big club this long. A roster comprised primarily of designated hitters may have room for a catcher that can’t run or catch, so as long as he can hit. Montero’s .208/.264/.327 line speaks for itself. He has been awful at the plate.
So the Mariners will pull the old Jesus swap by sending Montero down and bringing Jesus Sucre (Sugar Jesus) up from Tacoma. Mariners fans will have to wait to get a look at Mike Zunino in the Majors. The 22-year old 3rd overall pick in the 2012 draft has flashed some power at Triple-A by swatting seven home runs, but he has struggled to hit breaking balls and offspeed pitches.
As for Montero, Divish expects him to split time between DH and first base at Triple-A. Thus it appears as though the Mariners have finally given up on the idea of Montero as a catcher. This is probably best for everyone. Montero is still just 23, so it’s too early to give up on him completely. He has displayed some power through 732 Major League plate appearances, but he has failed to show any semblance of consistency and make regular contact. Oh, and his defense and baserunning are next level bad.
Here’s the point in the post where we mention the Jesus Montero-for-Michael Pineda trade between the Mariners and Yankees and how nobody wins.