Rafael Montero Quezada
Height: 6'0" Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: Right / Right
Born: 10/17/1990 in Higuerito, Dominican Republic
Acquired: In trade from the Texas Rangers, for José Corniell and a player to be named later (12/15/2020)
MLB Debut: 05/24/2014
Free Agent after: 2022 season
Montero is the early favorite to be the Mariners’ closer this year. The Dominican righty was traded to Seattle in December by the Texas Rangers, who didn’t see him as part of their rebuilding effort. Yet another pitcher who has returned from Tommy John surgery, the ex-Met missed all of 2018 and part of ’19, making his Ranger debut just before August of that year; he put up good numbers after that as a newly-converted reliever and followed up with eight saves for Texas in last year’s mini-season, though the ERA was nothing to crow about (4.08). The knock on him so far is a lack of variety; he throws a four-seamer and a sinker, with a rather pedestrian slider and a too-fast changeup thrown in here and there. If batters get their timing on the fastball there’s not enough difference between the four offerings to keep him from getting hit around. Still, he throws strikes and can hit the upper 90s on the radar gun, so, you know, maybe he’ll get the job done.