Mariners boost ‘pen, deal for Rangers’ closer

SEATTLE — Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto pulled off his first trade of the winter on Tuesday, acquiring Rangers right-hander Rafael Montero as a late-inning relief option for Seattle’s bullpen in exchange for promising 17-year-old prospect José Corniell and a player to be named later. The 30-year-old Montero served as

SEATTLE — Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto pulled off his first trade of the winter on Tuesday, acquiring Rangers right-hander Rafael Montero as a late-inning relief option for Seattle’s bullpen in exchange for promising 17-year-old prospect José Corniell and a player to be named later.

The 30-year-old Montero served as the Rangers’ closer last season, going 8-for-8 in save opportunities with a 4.08 ERA in 17 2/3 innings over 17 appearances in the pandemic-shortened campaign.

TRADE DETAILS
Mariners get: RHP Rafael Montero
Rangers get: RHP José Corniell, player to be named

Regarded as a Top 100 prospect in 2014 after signing as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Montero pitched parts of four seasons with the Mets from 2014-17 before undergoing Tommy John surgery in ’18. He signed as a free agent with Texas in ’19 and had a 2.48 ERA in 29 innings over 22 appearances after being promoted to the Rangers in July that season.

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In 97 career outings, including 30 starts with the Mets, Montero owns a 4.93 ERA with 242 strikeouts and 122 walks in 239 innings. He features…

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