Ex-Yankee prospect Jesus Montero finds home with Seattle

3. SEATTLE MARINERS MANAGER: Eric Wedge, second season

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3. SEATTLE MARINERS
MANAGER: Eric Wedge, second season 67-95, .414 (overall 628-668, .485)
GM: Jack Zduriencik
STADIUM: Safeco Field (47,878)
OUTLOOK: The Mariners are slowly putting together a contender, with a farm system promising more talent on the way. Former Yankees C-DH Jesus Montero will be looked upon to provide offensive pop, as will 1B Justin Smoak.
CONCERN: The notion of hitting 3B Chone Figgins leadoff doesn’t inspire great confidence.
BOTTOM LINE: Not ready for prime time, especially with the powerhouse Rangers and Angels in this division. But getting there.

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- The offseason phone call from Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik made Jesus Montero stop and wonder, "Wow, what's going on?"

News that the Yankees' top prospect had been traded to Seattle took a while to sink in with the 22-year-old catcher. Now, two months removed from the trade and a month into his first spring training in a Mariners uniform, Montero couldn't be...

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