Montero (suspension) agreed to a minor league contract with the Orioles on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. The 27-year-old will provide organizational depth, but only after he serves a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. Any remaining optimism surrounding Montero has largely evaporated, as he's struggled at the major league level and is really just a DH-only type at this point (25 starts at first base with Triple-A Buffalo in 2016).
Montero was named to the postseason International League All-Star team as the designated hitter, the Buffalo News reports. Montero, the lone Bison to make the Triple-A All-Star team, has raked his way through the International League this season, hitting .321/.353/.446 over 471 at-bats. The 26-year-old is locked in a tight race for the IL batting title as he ranks second in hits (151) and fourth in total bases (209). Montero, who has logged 226 big league games over five seasons, has notched two hitting streaks of 13-plus games this year while batting over .280 in every month of the campaign, including a ridiculous .395 mark in August. Although he's not currently on the Jays' 40-man roster, the team has room to create a spot and give him a deserving promotion for the final month of the MLB season.
Montero was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. Montero was claimed off waivers from Seattle, and he'll look to reinvigorate his career north of the border. Montero appeared in 38 major league games last season, notching a paltry .223 average with 32 strikeouts and four walks.
Montero was designated for assignment Monday, Oscar Hueto of MLB.com reports. Montero was put on waivers over the weekend, and Monday's move likely means a team(s) put in a claim and the Mariners pulled him back with the intent of trading him. The Mariners have 10 days to work out a deal or release him as he is out of options. In any event, Montero's time as a Mariner looks over.
Montero apparently lost the right-handed platoon competition at first base with Dae-Ho Lee as his locker was cleared out Saturday. The Mariners denied a report that said Montero, who is out of options, cleared waivers and is headed for Triple-A Tacoma. Lee has an opt-out clause in his contract that allows him to become a free agent if he's not on the 40-man roster by Sunday. Montero is 9-for-38 this spring with 12 strikeouts and a walk. Lee is 10-for-40 with a home run, six strikeouts and four walks. If he does make the roster, Lee will platoon at first base with Adam Lind.