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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Seattle Mariners re-sign catcher Humberto Quintero

By on 1/07/2014 07:00:00 AM

The Seattle Mariners struggled to a 71-91 record in 2013 and headed into the off season with questions and holes to fill.  The Mariners' pitching staff had a pedestrian 4.31earned run average last season and having solid catchers who are familiar with the staff and play good defense are of vital importance.  The Mariners are solid with starting catcher Mike Zunino and have re-signed Humberto Quintero, who should compete as Zunino's backup this season. reported a tweet by Gret Johns, reporter who covers the Mariners, about the signing of Quintero.

Humberto is a good defensive catcher, with much more experience than Jesus Sucre and Jesus Montero, the other catchers currently on the Mariners' 40-man roster.  Sucre, who appears to be the main competition for Quintero for the backup position, batted just .192 in eight games last season.  Montero played in 29 games and batted .208.  Quintero played in a combined 46 games with the Philadelphia Phillies and Mariners and batter .237 with four home runs.

Quintero was signed by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent in 1997.  He made his Major League debut with the San Diego Padres on September 3, 2003.  Quintero has played for the Padres, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Phillies and Mariners during his career. In 468 career games, Quintero has a .234 average with 20 home runs and 126 RBI.


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