Yes, every baseball player I've talked to at Tacoma loves the Northwest. It seems that once they're here, they all love it, even if it has nothing to do with the big trees, mountains, and moderate weather. If a free agent has enough confidence in himself, he will know that he is the player that will turn the franchise into a winner, it doesn't already have to have been to the postseason. If you don't have the ego, you don't belong in the game.
OK, it's also about all the new friends they make, about maintaining the positive attitude necessary to compete at the highest level of any professional sport, and not upsetting your coaches, fellow players, and fans. Players with bad attitudes never reach their full potential, but it's also true that it takes more than a good attitude to reach that potential. Finally, it's also true that a player with six years of team control would be crazy to say anything negative about his new team.
What I do see is that Montero will fit in nicely the other young players, and give us one more model for all the young Venezuelans we are trying to sign as free agents. That's not bad, but I will miss Michael. Pineda is a gem of a person, and a great baseball player.
1. Daniel Robertson, RH - CF, RF, LF, 2B - PCL regular since 2012. Developed by the Padres, MLB time with Angels and Rangers. It's good to finally have him on our side. Not on the 40-man, so he's behind a lot of players, but I still like him.
2. Blake Parker, RH - Co-closer - From the Cubs organization, and rushed to AAA in 2008. First MLB games with Cubs in 2012. Not on 40-man roster so behind Mayckol Guaipe and Jonathan Aro.
3. Adrian Sampson, RH - Starter - From the Pirates organization. AAA since 2014, but his first full year in the PCL. Not on 40-man roster so behind Cody Martin and James Paxton.