The Mariners made a small roster move yesterday, claiming outfielder Travis Witherspoon off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. They also designated catcher Henry Blanco for assignment.
Witherspoon goes on the 40-man roster, although he is probably in line for another season of Double-A baseball. Witherspoon is 24 years old, and is a “toolsy” player who hasn’t put it all together in the upper levels of the minor leagues. Last year he hit .214 with 11 homers and 30 stolen bases for the Angels Double-A Arkansas club.
Witherspoon is a roll of the dice by the Mariners. Maybe it will all click for him in 2014, he’ll rise to the big leagues and the Mariners will look like geniuses. On the other hand, maybe he’ll never figure out Double-A pitching and we’ll never see him in the Northwest. Who knows?
The Tacoma outfield looks to pretty full right now, with Stefen Romero, Xavier Avery and James Jones inked in, and Abraham Almonte in there if he doesn’t make the big club. Julio Morban had a good year in AA and could be in line for a promotion. Nate Tenbrink and Joe Dunigan are going to press for outfield time. Carlos Peguero is out of options next year – his status is up in the air right now.
We’re just getting started with the off-season moves – I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of them this winter.
- It appears that Kendrys Morales is going to test the free agent market, Ryan Divish writes.
- Jon Heyman has an update on the Mariners manager search.
- Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone went to an MLB playoff game, just to remember what it is like.
- Las Vegas manager Wally Backman is a candidate for the Cincinnati Reds job.
- Honorable mention woooo
There are two Game Fives in the MLB Division Series playoffs. I’m pulling for Pittsburgh and Detroit. Of course, I picked the Tigers to win the World Series, so I need them to beat Oakland. If I had known that Miguel Cabrera was this injured, I wouldn’t have picked them!