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Former Yankees Catcher Jesus Montero Shows up to Seattle Mariners Spring Training 40 Pounds Overweight

February 22nd, 2014 at 11:24 AM
By Doug Rush

A few years ago, Jesus Montero was the star prospect of the New York Yankees farm system with a very bright future ahead of him.

In his brief call up with the Yankees in 2011, Montero showed major flashes of why many perceived him to be a future star in the league and potential batting champion. But the team never saw him as a catcher and didn't want to have a 22-year-old as a designated hitter, so they shipped him off to the Seattle Mariners in a deal that got the Bombers Michael Pineda and Montero was figured to be a key cog in the Seattle lineup for years.

Only, it hasn't gone as planned for Montero, who had a very average season in 2012, hitting .260 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI in his first season and his second season last year was even worse than that, as he played in only 29 games and hit just .208 with three home runs and nine RBI and eventually was suspended for 50 games as part of the Miami Biogenesis case for purchasing and using performance enhancing drugs.

Now, the expectations for Montero's career have gone from bad to worse as Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times tweeted a picture of Montero from the start of Seattle's training camp with him arriving to camp about 40 pounds overweight from his listed 230 pounds, which has irritated Seattle management, more importantly, general manager Jack Zdureincik, who sounds like someone that has given up on Montero being anything worthwhile.

"I have zero expectations for Jesus Montero. Any expectations I had are gone."

While Pineda has yet to throw a single pitch for the Yankees, he's likely to pitch for the team in 2014 and it may be clear that the Yankees have gotten the better end of the trade back in January of 2012 and if Montero wants any chance of making a career for himself, the first thing he may need to find is a good personal trainer and get back into shape, otherwise he may find himself out of baseball.

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Tags: Baseball, Jesus Montero, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners

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