The Mariners made several lower-level roster moves yesterday, due to the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.
One of the moves was a surprise: instead of letting Jose Lopez walk as a free agent, the team traded him to the Colorado Rockies for Triple-A pitcher Chaz Roe.
Roe pitched for Colorado Springs last year, and he is likely to be on the Rainiers – and in the starting rotation - in 2011.
The Rainiers saw a lot of Roe last year (his first Triple-A season) - he started four times against Tacoma, and he beat the Rainiers in three of those starts. Roe was a first-round draft pick in 2005, he’s a 24-year-old right-hander with a low-90s fastball and a pretty good curve.
Roe also has some really bad 2010 statistics, but I urge you to not pay attention to that. Colorado Springs is a terrible place to pitch – the high elevation causes curveballs to flatten out, and it makes fly balls fly farther. He’s a workhorse with a good arm – that is something that Rainiers pitching coach Dwight Bernard can work with.
As for the other moves, Ryan Rowland-Smith decided to turn down a non-guaranteed contract with the Mariners, and explore options elsewhere. I really like Ryan and I hope he gets a deal that he’s happy with, but after posting a 1-10 record with a 6.75 ERA for a 101-loss team, I’m concerned that he’s only going to receive minor league offers with spring training invites.
RRS shared his feelings on the situation with Geoff Baker at the Times. Regardless where he lands, Rowland-Smith will have a lot to prove this season.
Also yesterday, the Mariners signed Erik Bedard to a non-guaranteed contract – apparently, Bedard only gets paid if he pitches, which seems like a smart deal seeing how he has been injured for over a year.*
A few more links:
- Here are the stories from the Seattle Times and The News Tribune about yesterday’s Mariners roster moves. Ryan Divish’s blog has additional quotes from Jack Z.
- Jeff Sullivan at Lookout Landing has a good post about the off-field ramifications of Ryan Rowland-Smith’s departure.
- Seattle native Ron Santo passed away at age 70. A long time Cubs third baseman and broadcaster, Santo – along with Bert Blyleven – has been on the cusp of Hall of Fame induction seemingly forever. Larry Stone writes that Santo is the greatest player ever from Seattle. Rob Neyer has a column about Santo and The Hall.
- Erik Bedard isn’t the only Erik Bedard. Dustin McGowan is Erik Bedard, too.
- Baseball America ran its Oakland A’s Top-10 Prospects today. I think this means the Mariners list is coming on Monday.
- The Round Rock Express have new uniforms and new logos.
- For broadcasting geeks only: ever wonder about the guy with the booming voice who does all of the poker shows on ESPN? Me, too. Here’s his story.
Next week should be a very busy week. We’ve got the Mariners Top-10 prospects list coming out, and the Baseball Winter Meetings open Monday in Orlando. Plus, I’m due for another Cheney Stadium construction photo-blog post. There will be plenty of news, and I’ll be following it right here from the Tacoma Rainiers North End Satellite Office.
* the Mariners paid Bedard $1.5 million last year – and he pitched in one game, a Tacoma 2-1 win over Portland on July 1. Not exactly what the Mariners had in mind, but at least we got something from their investment!