The Blue Jays have claimed Jesus Montero off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Montero, 26, is a former top prospect of the New York Yankees, but he has not been able to stick in the majors to-date. As a young player, Montero was known as a catcher with an incredible bat, but a move to first base quickly dropped his value. On January 12th, 2012, the Yankees sent Montero to the Mariners as part of a trade for Michael Pineda.
As Minor Leaguer points out, the Jays are rather low on the waiver priority list, which means many teams must have passed on the chance of making a claim. As a result, there seems to be a relatively good chance that the Blue Jays can get Montero through waivers to join the Buffalo Bisons. In order to make room on the 40-man roster for this transaction, catcher A.J. Jimenez was designated for assignment.
Interestingly enough, the Jays now have 3 of the top 15 prospects from Baseball America's list from 2010, as Montero will join both Domonic Brown and Justin Smoak. In parts of five major league seasons, Montero has been an above average hitter against left-handed pitching, but has seen his fair share of struggles against righties. On the bright side, he absolutely mashed in AAA last season, boasting a 398 on-base percentage and hitting 18 home runs in just 98 games.