Originally posted on SeaTown Sports  |  Last updated 5/24/13
Photo Credit: Otto Greule, Jr./Getty Images Editor's Update: Since this article was written on Friday, the Mariners have also sent 2B Dustin Ackley and LHP Lucas Luetge to AAA Tacoma, and called up INF Nick Franklin and RHP Hector Noesi. Although this move was a long time coming, and suggested by several Mariners analysts and enthusiasts, it finally came to fruition today: Jesus Montero was finally sent down to AAA Tacoma, while Jesus Sucre was called up to be the backup catcher to Kelly Shoppach. How will this demotion help Montero improve? Will Sucre be able to make any impact at all? Will there be any further roster moves coming? The philosophy that the Mariners management takes with Montero will be key. It seems that the experiment with him Montero at catcher should end, as he is a below average defensive catcher, and all of this time behind the plate has really diminished his hitting, his only true asset. The Mariners should make Montero a full-time DH, with the hope of restoring his offensive firepower. This type of move is not unprecedented, and history has shown that moving away from catcher has helped hitters regain their power, with Carlos Delgado being the best example. This could really help Montero gain some confidence at the plate, and some pop back in his legs. If the Montero-at-DH experiment doesn’t work, then it could be time to move on from him entirely, as he would have no real worth to the team. Then again, he is only 23. Will his replacement, Jesus Sucre, make an impact? He has never shown any consistent power, as in the equivalent of three full seasons in the minors, he has only hit 17 homers. This isn’t too encouraging, but the good news is that he has potential to be a good defensive catcher. Sucre has shown good skill in the minor leagues both stopping balls in the dirt and throwing out base stealers. It remains to be seen whether he can translate this success to the professional game, but he has shown promise, and also displays a great work ethic. Are any more roster moves coming? Jeremy Bonderman is one candidate who deserves another chance in the big leagues. He has been pitching very well in the minors this season, and if he doesn’t get called up soon, he will have the chance to opt for free agency on June 1.
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