Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mariners general manager at wit's end with Jesus Montero

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik has been told he will be staying at his post in 2014. Photo Credit: AP

Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is clearly frustrated with the way Jesus Montero has entered spring training.

Despite coming off a 50-game suspension for a positive performance-enhancing drug test, and lackluster production before then, Montero arrived at camp visibly overweight and even admitted so himself, saying "all I did was eat" after winter ball.

Montero's bad habits are beginning to take a toll on Seattle's front office. Namely, Zduriencik, who acquired Montero from the Yankees via trade in 2012. The following is what he told Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times:

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

Zero expectations? All expectations are gone? These are not words usually uttered by a general manager of a professional baseball team. At least not publicly. By doing so, it goes to show just how furious the team is with Montero's commitment to the game.

The 24-year-old better start righting the ship soon. He's skating on thin ice, apparently.

Via Eye on Baseball (Photo: AP)

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