Mariners Make Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak Available

The Mariners are letting teams know that Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak are available in trade talks, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). The report comes on the heels of the Mariners striking deals to add Corey Hart and Logan Morrison to their lineup.

As our Steve Adams pointed out on Wednesday, the signing of Hart and acquisition of Morrison called Montero's and Smoak's roles into question. While it's not clear exactly what position Seattle would be targeting in trade talks, the club clearly hopes to contend in 2014 and would likely prefer immedate contributors to prospects.

Both Montero and Smoak arrived in Seattle as part of major trades. Montero was acquired from the Yankees in a 2012 swap for Michael Pineda, while Smoak was part of the package the Mariners received from the Rangers in exchanged for Cliff Lee in 2010.

So far, neither player has produced as the M's had anticipated, though Smoak enjoyed the best season of his career in 2013, hitting .238/.334/.412 with 20 homers in 512 plate appearances. Montero had a disastrous campaign, underperforming early in the year before suffering a torn meniscus and then receiving a 50-game suspension as part of the Biogenesis case.


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78 Comments on "Mariners Make Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak Available"


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wadesawko
1 year 6 months ago

Seattle had the choice of getting Chris Davis from Tex. I really don’t think it’s that hard to be a scout some times. Davis has amazing power from day 1. Trade Smoak to Philly for C. Lee.

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RyanWKrol
1 year 6 months ago

Perhaps dealing Conger or Iannetta would do the trick. Monte to could share time at C and DH the rest of the time. Probably would have to take a slight cut at DH when Pujols and Hamilton need to be there. But I doubt Montero would complain given his recent struggles. Unless they do actually sign Raul Ibanez, which I think is what they’re leaning towards.

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BK
1 year 6 months ago

Totally agreed, unfortunatley they have Zunino coming up. I was thinking Cron for Montero would be better

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Josh Blackfeild
1 year 6 months ago

You’ve got to be joking.

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Parker Abdo
1 year 6 months ago

I think we’re leaning towards signing Ibanez too, but I would hope they look into Smoak first. If he’s not too expensive value-wise, I’d love to trade Conger or Iannetta for him. Better to have a pre-arb, young, 1b “project” of sorts that can possibly turn into something better later down the road.

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OUTFOXEM
1 year 6 months ago

I don’t think the M’s would deal Smoak to the Angels. Perhaps, but inner-division trades are pretty rare, especially with someone “promising” like Smoak.

I realize he was previously dealt to the M’s from the Rangers, but that was under completely different circumstances (obviously). The Rangers were in the middle of a World Series run and thought Cliff Lee — who was going to be a free agent in 3 months anyway — was the answer.

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Keith Rose
1 year 4 months ago

Promising? Are you kidding? Smoak is over 1800 at bats and still cant even produce replacement level War, he is a bust.

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SeanReddy
1 year 6 months ago

Smoak for Lee. Who on earth would take that deal?

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GoCubsGo
1 year 6 months ago

The sox already have 3 1B/DH types, why should they jump in on this? He’s a terrible catcher

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Josh Blackfeild
1 year 6 months ago

Can the M’s stay out off the news for 5 minutes? They seem to be connected to just about everyone.

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dshires4
1 year 6 months ago

This isn’t connecting us to anybody. It’s telling people that we have spare parts for sale.

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Josh Blackfeild
1 year 6 months ago

I know. I was saying that everybody and their uncle is saying that Seattle is hot on Choo/Cruz/Tanaka/Santana/Price… ect

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Brian James
1 year 6 months ago

But they are….?

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Josh Blackfeild
1 year 6 months ago

Realistically they are only going to get one maybe two.

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beisbolista
1 year 6 months ago

Its more like telling people you busted on two huge trades and need to be bailed out

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Josh Blackfeild
1 year 6 months ago

Well Lee didn’t stick around in Texas very long and Pineda is doing no better that Montero.

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beisbolista
1 year 6 months ago

Yeah, not for nothing, but I think Seattle would much rather have Lee and Pineda at the moment.

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BK
1 year 6 months ago

I would love to see the Angels make a run at Montero as a C/1b/DH player. This guy is about 18 months off from having just about the fastest bat speed of any prospect in baseball, good power and a great batting eye. Although he may not be a defensive guy, this guy could easily change scenes and become a David Ortiz type player.

Being out of favor I wonder if a pair of young B- players gets it done. (Yarburough and Bedrosian)

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Josh Blackfeild
1 year 6 months ago

Why on earth would the Angels deplete an already weak farm system further for a bad player in Montero?

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RyanWKrol
1 year 6 months ago

It probably wouldn’t take much to acquire Montero, given his struggles. Doubt anyone gives up a top prospect for him. The Angels would probably just have to give up a prospect that will likely never climb the depth chart simply because of the years of control over quality players they’ve obtained this offseason, in addition to the years of control they have over their entire roster. Plus, Montero would add to those years of control for them anyways. As of right now, all but maybe 4 or 5 spots on their entire major league roster are blocked for the next 3 years. Part of what the Angels are doing is accumulating as much control as they can to allow room to contend and replenish their farm system, which began with the enormous amount of pitchers they drafted this year. Montero would fit right into that plan.

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Josh Blackfeild
1 year 6 months ago

I just don’t see him fitting here at the ML level. If Ibanez is signed then theres a solid DH for a year. After that CJ Cron should be ready to contribute. Montero would be a waste.

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RyanWKrol
1 year 6 months ago

Perhaps dealing Conger or Iannetta would do the trick. Monte to could share time at C and DH the rest of the time. Probably would have to take a slight cut at DH when Pujols and Hamilton need to be there. But I doubt Montero would complain given his recent struggles. Unless they do actually sign Raul Ibanez, which I think is what they’re leaning towards.

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Shane Flannagan
1 year 6 months ago

Ok Mariners, you need a SP but you don’t want to give up Walker or Hultzen. So as a Cubs fan I think both teams could match up nicely on a deal for Jeff Samardjiza. Cubs get Montero, Paxton, and Tyler Pike

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The_Unnatural
1 year 6 months ago

They don’t want to give up Paxton. Hultzen had shoulder surgery and may never pitch again.

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Shane Flannagan
1 year 6 months ago

But you are getting Jeff Samardjiza who is a very solid number 3 starter which he would be in the Mariners rotation and in that ballpark would dominate

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The_Unnatural
1 year 6 months ago

That could be Paxton’s floor if he’s solved his little mechanical problem – which he very well could have. SSI studied the footage from his time in the bigs and thinks it’s all a matter of him getting reps in and getting comfortable before he destroys the league.

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trenigro
1 year 6 months ago

Take out Pike and I’d be ok with that as an M’s fan. Then again I seem to be much more skeptical than the average M’s fan about Paxton. Four nice starts at the end of the season just don’t ease my concerns about his mechanics, consistency and command issues. Great upside but he still has red flags in my book.

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Shane Flannagan
1 year 6 months ago

It would have to take Pike in this deal. Cubs would be taking a bit of a gamble on Montero and they want a younger pitching prospect with a lot of upside

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trenigro
1 year 6 months ago

The M’s shouldn’t be dealing 2 very high upside pitching prospects for 2 arbitration years of a #3. The M’s do have a lot of other young talent that could make a Samardjia deal work though if the Cubs do decide to trade him.

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The_Unnatural
1 year 6 months ago

M’s fans have been putting Paxton in trade scenarios all offseason. If anything Paxton is undervalued, and that’s why I’d be leery of trading him. At least Walker is highly regarded and the M’s can expect some kind of impact player in return.

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trenigro
1 year 6 months ago

Whether or not fans over or under value him, the front office sure seems to think very highly of him saying that they wouldn’t want to include him in a deal for Price. I’d be OK with dealing Paxton for the right return but if there’s no deal to make, then they shouldn’t force the issue. He is certainly a great prospect despite his potential red flags.

Walker on the other hand shouldn’t be dealt at all IMO unless its for something really, really good and locked up for many years.

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SeanReddy
1 year 6 months ago

Montero, Smoak, Noesi, and Hultzen for Samardjiza. Mostly throwing Noesi in just to get rid of him. I want him no where near a Seattle Pitchers Mound.

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jjs91
1 year 6 months ago

So a guy who underwent shoulder surgery, two first baseman, when that’s one of the few things the major league cubs have, and a pitcher you just want to get rid of?

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SeanReddy
1 year 6 months ago

a sort C-ish type guy, a 1B, a “promising” pitcher, and Noesi. None of this is serious. Not one bit.

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dshires4
1 year 6 months ago

Two years too late for Smoak. Oh well. I won’t be sad to see you go.