The Mariners activated first baseman/designated hitter Jesus Montero from the suspended list Monday after clearing space on their 40-man roster by designating veteran outfielder/first baseman Corey Hart for assignment.
The move comes one day after the Mariners completed their season and is, effectively, a paper transaction.
Hart, 32, was in line to become a free agent once the World Series concludes. This move simply permits him to do so once the DFA process runs its course.
The Mariners suspended Montero, 24, for his actions in confronting a club scout, Butch Baccala, during an Aug. 28 game in Boise. Montero was, at the time, on a rehab assignment at Short-A Everett.
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While in uniform, Montero had not yet played for the AquaSox. He was serving as a base coach when incident with Baccala occurred.
Reports said Baccala became annoyed at what he perceived as Montero’s leisurely approach to his duties and paid for a vendor take ice cream to Montero in the dugout.
Montero responded by attempting to charge into the stands after Baccala.
The Mariners pulled Baccala off the road following the incident, and subsequently confirmed his contract will not be renewed once it expires on Oct. 31.
Hart battled injuries for much of the season after signing a one-year deal as a free agent last December for $6 million with numerous incentives. He batted just .203 in 68 games with six homers and 21 RBIs.
Montero spent most of the season at Triple-A Tacoma prior to his suspension. He batted .286 for the Rainiers with 16 homers and 74 RBIs in 97 games. He was 4-for-17 in six big-league games.