Mariners Rumors: A Whole Lot Of Talk

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Feb 20, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jesus Montero (63) poses for a picture during photo day at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Jesus Montero

The next bit of news – which I plan on going more in depth on tomorrow – is the weight and expectations of Jesus Montero.

Montero came to camp 40 lbs. overweight, admitting that he didn’t do much but eat after the Winter League concluded.

"“After winter ball, all I did was eat.” — Jesus Montero"

But that’s not the story….or at least it shouldn’t be. The story should be how the once highly-touted prospect just simply doesn’t get it. He lost his job as the catcher of the future to Mike Zunino and has shifted to first base.

But first base is currently occupied by Justin Smoak and Logan Morrison (Corey Hart is expected to play OF and DH). So what does Jack think of Montero? He told Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times:

"“I have zero expectations for Jesus Montero. Any expectations I had are gone. We are disappointed in how he came in physically. He’s got a ton to prove. It’s all on him.”"

Harsh words, harsh but necessary. Whether Montero truly wants to be here is yet to be determined. But he is starting in a deep hole.