BY Adam Lewis 04:20PM 03/14/2014

Mariners option Jesus Montero to Tacoma

By cutting four players Friday, including former top prospect Jesus Montero, the Mariners reduced the number of players in their major-league camp from 44 to 40.

In a move anticipated since Jesus Montero reported to camp overweight, the Mariners optioned Montero to Triple-A Tacoma Friday. /Wikicommons

Without a natural position and still overweight, first baseman Jesus Montero, a former top prospect, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma Friday, the Mariners said. The club also optioned to Tacoma outfielders Xavier Avery and James Jones and re-assigned to minor-league camp infielder Chris Taylor.

Remaining in the major league camp are 40 players (29 roster, 11 non-roster invitees) with the season opener against the Angels 17 days away. Here’s a rundown of those aiming to make the 25-man roster.

Bold identifies non-roster invitees:

Right-handed pitchers: Scott Baker, Blake Beavan, Danny Farquhar, Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Dominic Leone, Brandon Maurer, Yoervis Medina, Zach Miner, Hector Noesi, Stephen Pryor, Erasmo Ramirez, Ramon Ramirez, Fernando Rodney, Carson Smith, Taijuan Walker and Tom Wilhelmsen.

Left-handed pitchers: Joe Beimel, Roenis Elias, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, James Paxton and Randy Wolf.

Catchers: John Buck, Humberto Quintero and Mike Zunino.

Infielders: Willie Bloomquist, Robinson Cano, Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager and Logan Morrison.

Outfielders: Dustin Ackley, Abraham Almonte, Endy Chavez, Cole Gillespie, Corey Hart, Stefen Romero and Michael Saunders.


YourThoughts

  • Jeff Shope

    The guy is an embarrassment

  • portlandsportsfan

    I was curious what he did this spring beyond being overweight. checked the SM site and he batted .310 with a .976 OPS. It just seems easier the dump on the guy since he came in to spring apparently a little depressed about last years demotion. The truth is he is hitting but needs a position.

  • jafabian

    He isn’t a 1B. If he can’t be a catcher the only position for him is DH. With Morales gone there’s an opportunity for him there. He needs to lose weight and continue hitting well.