7:28pm: Montero has indeed been placed on waivers, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter). The Mariners will make an official announcement tomorrow once the 48-hour waiver period has passed, according to MLB.com’s Greg Johns (Twitter).
12:46pm: While there is no official word on the matter, it appears that the Mariners have placed Jesus Montero on waivers, as Bob Dutton of The News Tribune writes. The Mariners declined to speak about Montero’s status on Sunday morning, but his locker in the clubhouse was empty.
When asked about Montero’s whereabouts, manager Scott Servais told reporters that the designated hitter is “spending a day with his family.” Montero’s absence on Sunday coupled with the news that Dae-Ho Lee has been added to the 40-man roster seems to suggest that former top prospect is out of the picture in Seattle.
The Mariners traded right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda for the 26-year-old prior to the 2012 season. Since then, he’s disappointed by accruing -1.4 WAR over parts of four seasons. He did enjoy an extremely successful stint at Triple-A last season, hitting .355/.398/.569 in 430 plate appearances.
Brad Johnson contributed to this post.