Blue Jays claim Jesus Montero from Mariners

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Jesus Montero. From Getty Images.

 

DUNEDIN, Fla.  — The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed catcher/first baseman Jesus Montero off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

The Blue Jays made the move Monday. Catcher A.J. Jimenez was designated for assignment.

The 26-year-old Montero hit .223 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 38 games for Seattle last season.  Once a top prospect in the majors with the Yankees, he is a career .253 hitter with 28 homers and 104 RBIs since making his major league debut with New York in 2011.