Seattle Mariners Offseason Already Begun with Corey Hart and Jesus Montero


The Seattle Mariners finished their never-dull 2014 regular season and have already started their offseason with 40-man roster moves.

Jesus Montero, who was suspended in August for the remainder of the season for an altercation with a minor-league scout, was reactivated from the suspended list today. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Mariners designated DH/1B/OF Corey Hart for assignment.

As Steve Sandmeyer of 1090 The Fan in Seattle so eloquently put it:

In essence this move allows Corey Hart to commence his free-agentship today instead of following the completion of the World Series.

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As an offseason acquisition that many considered a low-risk, high-reward move for the Mariners, Corey Hart did not produce this season. Playing in just 68 games (largely due to injury), he batted .203/.271/.319 with 6 home runs and 21 RBI. It was no major surprise he struggled to produce on two bum knees.

Now Jesus Montero can continue putting on weight as a Seattle Mariner, while we here at Sodo Mojo with Corey Hart nothing but the best in the future. I think he should be able to get a minor-league contract somewhere this offseason.

Only 146 days till pitchers and catchers report to Peoria.