Jesus Montero sent to AAA, no longer viewed as MLB caliber catcher

  • Ryan Kantor

Yesterday I wrote an article expressing my appreciation for New York Yankees GM, Brian Cashman. Dealing with loads of taxes, inflated expectations, and emotional ownership is not easy and as hard as it is for anyone in New York to be underrated, I think he has become just that.

In yesterday’s article I lamented the Jesus Montero/Michael Pineda trade as one of his few mistakes, although not a big one. Today, news broke making it look much more favorable for the New York Yankees.

According to

Mariners optioned C Jesus Montero to Triple-A Tacoma. Montero has been a major disappointment this season, batting just .208/.264/.327 with three home runs and nine RBI in 29 games. The Tacoma News Tribune reports Montero “may no longer viewed as a catcher at the big league level” and is expected play first base and DH in the minors. 

Credit: AP/Ted Warren

Montero fallen on hard times
Credit: AP/Ted Warren

It appears that Brian Cashman didn’t buy into all the hype that surrounded Montero before the trade. If Pineda comes back healthy this could even be a winner for the Yankees. Michael Pineda is expected back after the All-Star break. Expectations for Jesus Montero should be lowered from a Mike Piazza level to a Mitch Moreland level.

Ryan Kantor is an author at Reading Between the Seams. He is a life-long Yankees fan and a proud Clemson alumnus, residing in North Carolina, where he works in marketing research. For more stories like this, you can visit his personal blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Ryan_Kantor.

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