The Mariners signed veteran second baseman Adam Kennedy to a minor league deal yesterday, and they invited him to major league spring training.
Kennedy, 35, has played over 10 major league seasons and has had several outstanding campaigns – most recently his 2009 season with Oakland. He is known as an offense-oriented second baseman. Last year his numbers came down a notch while filling a utility role for the Washington Nationals.
Coincidentally, last night I watched the football game with former Rainiers manager Dave Myers, and he was Kennedy’s hitting coach for the first month of the 2009 season in Durham – right before Oakland acquired him. Myers says that Kennedy is extremely hard-working and a very positive guy in the clubhouse – which is exactly the type of character that M’s GM Jack Z has said he’s looking for.
Meanwhile, the Kennedy signing creates a logjam in the Seattle-Tacoma infield situation:
Seattle: 3B – Chone Figgins SS – Jack Wilson 2B – Brendan Ryan Utility: Adam Kennedy, Josh Wilson, Matt Tuiasosopo
Tacoma: 3B – Matt Mangini and Alex Liddi SS – Luis Rodriguez 2B – Dustin Ackley Others: Sean Kazmar, Carlos Triunfel.
That’s too many infielders. It will all shake down in spring training – perhaps Mangini and Tui will see a lot of outfield time; Triunfel might be asked to repeat Class-AA; a player could get claimed on waivers by another team, and there is always the injury risk.
A couple of links:
- At the Seattle Times, Geoff Baker wrote about the Kennedy signing.
- News Tribune writer Larry LaRue has a story about Mariners closer David Aardsma’s plan to begin a throwing program before he can walk. Aardsma just had hip surgery.
- Former Mariners and Rainiers reliever Sean White signed as a minor league free agent with the Colorado Rockies. Let’s hope he sees a lot more of Denver than the Springs!
- In the PCL, Fresno announced its coaching staff: manager Steve Decker returns for his second season, joined by pitching coach and all-around-good-guy Pat Rice, and new hitting coach Russ Morman.
I’m gearing up for another stadium visit, but this rumored snowstorm has put that on hold. Apparently I can now walk to my broadcast booth location. I’ll check it out as soon as I can, and post my pictures.