The Mariners added some minor league depth by signing free agents Eric Niesen and Kurt Fleming. One of them may surface in Tacoma this year.
Niesen is a 27-year-old left-handed pitcher who was a 3rd round draft pick by the Mets out of Wake Forest in 2007. He topped out at the Double-A level in the Mets system, was released, and ended up pitching for the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League last year. His track record indicates that the Mariners signed him to help out the Double-A squad, but I suppose we could possibly see him in Tacoma.
Fleming is a 21-year-old outfielder recently released by the Atlanta Braves. He has not advanced out of the low minor leagues yet.
- Geoff Baker writes that the Mariners need to add an experienced starting pitcher. He also has a blog post on the Mariners payroll.
- Over at USS Mariner, Dave Cameron writes about the Mariners front office overhaul.
- Several former Rainiers have signed late-in-the-game free agent contracts, according to Baseball America. Matt Mangini to the Reds, Manny Delcarmen to Baltimore, Charlie Haeger to Boston, Nate Robertson to Texas, and Tug Hulett signed with the Marlins.
- For Baseball America subscribers, we have a brief piece on reliever Carter Capps.
- John Sickels wrote a “prospect retrospective” on former Rainiers pitcher Doug Fister. Fister was not expected to develop the way he did, so Sickels tried to figure out why.
Have a super weekend!