Colorado Rockies DFA Player Acquired In Nolan Arenado Trade

The Colorado Rockies have designated first baseman Elehuris Montero for assignmeny.

Montero, acquired in the 2021 trade that sent Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals, has struggled to secure a consistent role with the team over his three seasons. 

In 2024, Montero has posted a disappointing slash line of .205/.267/.304 with four home runs, 28 RBIs, and 23 runs scored across across 247 plate appearances and 66 games played, highlighting his difficulties at the plate.

Throughout his tenure with the Rockies, Montero's performance remained inconsistent. 

His career numbers with the team stand at .228/.277/.387 with 21 home runs, 87 RBIs, and 84 runs scored across 738 plate appearances and 204 games played. 

Initially playing as a third baseman, Montero was later moved to first base, where he recorded 2 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), compared to -3 DRS at third base, showcasing his defensive struggles. 

Despite improvements in his walk rate and reduced strikeouts, Montero's overall contact rate remained below average, contributing to his inability to solidify a spot in the lineup.

This roster move comes as the Rockies activate catcher Elias Díaz from the injured list.

If Montero clears waivers, he could remain within the Rockies' organization, providing potential depth, but his designation underscores the uncertainty surrounding his future with the team.

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