We had a few moves in the last 24 hours that will alter the Tacoma Rainiers roster in 2012.
First of all, the Mariners removed reliever Dan Cortes and catcher Chris Gimenez from their 40-man roster, and both are now free agents.
Cortes, it turns out, is injured. Apparently he had a fall and injured his shoulder shortly after the completion of the season, and he’s going to be out of action for a while. It will be interesting to see if the Mariners try to re-sign him to a minor league contract.
While I have no inside information, I suspect the Mariners will try to re-sign Gimenez to a minor league deal. He earned a lot of respect by gutting through a game behind the plate with a strained oblique muscle, and we know that he and Eric Wedge get along well.
Then, the Mariners signed veteran relief pitcher Josh Kinney to a minor league contract, and invited him to big league spring training.
Kinney, 32, will compete for a spot in the Mariners bullpen. He was a St. Louis Cardinals prospect who contributed down the stretch and in the playoffs as a rookie in 2006, but he went down with an injury and missed all of the 2007 season after having “Tommy John” surgery.
From 2008 until now, Kinney has been bouncing between Triple-A and the majors. Last year he pitched in 49 games for Charlotte (2.77 ERA), and 13 for the Chicago White Sox (6.62).
Kinney pitched in the PCL for Memphis in 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010. In 2010 he had a 1.80 ERA in 60 innings pitched, recording 17 saves.
A few links:
- Here is more on the injury to Dan Cortes, from Geoff Baker’s blog.
- Greg Johns has more on Josh Kinney, along with the list of all minor league free agents the Mariners have signed to date.
- It looks like Lou Piniella is getting back into baseball – as a Yankees analyst for the YES Network.
I just finished an excellent baseball biography, which led to an idea for an upcoming post: my favorite baseball books. It will go up soon.