M’s Add Infielder

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.


10 Responses to M’s Add Infielder

  1. Michael says:

    thought what if Adam Kennedy doesn’t make it out Spring training with M’s, I wouldn’t think he will accept assignement to minors or would he???

    • Mike Curto says:

      Good question, I don’t know. He did play one month in AAA in 2009 for Durham, when he was in-between major league jobs, so I guess its possible.

      • Michael says:

        well if he doesn’t make it out ST than hopefully he comes to Tacoma, thought does Josh Wilson or Matt Tui have any minor league options?

  2. Michael says:

    The Mariners have signed first baseman Luis Jimenez to a minor league contract, Greg Johns of MLB.com reported Wednesday.

    Jimenez, 28, is leading the Venezuelan Winter League in home runs with 12 long balls in 59 games.

    The 6-foot-4, 205-pound left-handed hitter is batting .312 with 40 RBIs and a 1.024 on-base plus slugging percentage in 186 at-bats.

    Jimenez has bounced around the minors with six different clubs – most recently with the Nationals at Double-A and Triple-A – and the Mariners did not invite him to spring training. He spent 2009 in Japan.

    Johns points out that given Jimenez’s age and his lack of a camp invitation, he’s unlikely to see time with the big league club. But he does provide left-handed power for the system.

  3. Greg says:

    So, what does the 2011 roster look like? I would be interested in knowing where players not on the 2011 roster are playing this year.

  4. Michael says:

    Greg you mean where guys from last yr 2010 playing at???

  5. Greg says:

    Yes. I wondering where David Winfree, Brad Nelson, Mike Wilson, Jack Hannahan and Chris Woodward will end up playing this season.


    • Michael says:

      David Winfree has sign minor league deal with Arizona: Most likely will come throw with Reno, Brad Nelson: Texas, Mike wilson: resigned & will most likely be back in Tacoma & be that career OF in triple A, Jack Hannahan: Cleveland Indians will most likely end up at Triple A but has opt out date in his contract if not call up by certain date, Chris Woodward has not signed anywhere yet…

      Is their anyone else you wondering about??? I been keeping up with where people go…

  6. Greg says:

    Thanks! I will miss Winfree. What about Eliezer Alfonzo, Ian Snell and Mike Carp?

    • Michael says:

      Thought same here on Winfree but he will come threw again, Eliezer is still Free agent and Ian Snell just sign minor league deal with St.Louis Cards, Mike Carp is on 40 man roster with Seattle so still with Seattle. Thought any more question you can email me @ Ichiro4mvp324@hotmail.com I know this is mike cruto blog & no disrepecting him at just that I keep up with latest baseball news everyday….

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