Mariners Set 40-Man

The Mariners made a few moves on Friday morning to set the 40-man roster prior to the Rule 5 Draft, which is coming up next month at the Winter Meetings.

First they traded outfielder Ramon Flores to the Milwaukee Brewers for infielder Luis Sardinas.

Flores played for Tacoma in August. Acquired from the Yankees in the Dustin Ackley deal, Flores hit the cover off the ball for two weeks before severely breaking his ankle in the outfield at Cheney Stadium. Flores is still recovering from that injury, and he’s out of minor league options so it seemed the M’s weren’t going to be able to use him.

Sardinas is a good glove/light hitting shortstop who can also play second and third. A 22-year-old switch-hitter, Sardinas hit .282 for Colorado Springs in 2015. He has one option year left, so he’s good infield depth for 2016.

The team elected to protect newly acquired outfielder Boog Powell and cornerman Patrick Kivlehan. Both were added to the 40-man roster, and at this point we expect to see both of them in Tacoma in April.

Kivlehan tied for the Rainiers team lead with 22 home runs last season. He hit .256 and drove in 73 runs while playing first base, third base, and all three outfield positions.

Powell was acquired from Tampa in the six-player trade that sent Brad Miller to the Rays for pitcher Nate Karns, among others. Powell is supposed to be a high on-base percentage center field prospect.

The M’s had to clear one spot on the 40-man and they chose to designate Danny Hultzen for assignment. Hultzen is out of options because he was signed to a major league contract after being drafted out of Virginia in 2011 – he must make a big league club in 2016, or be exposed to waivers. The Mariners are hoping nobody claims him since he’s had a litany of shoulder problems and has barely pitched in the last three years.

They decided not to protect Jabari Blash, who I wrote about yesterday. Don’t be surprised if a team with a power shortage selects Blash in the Rule 5 Draft.

Links:

  • Ryan Divish has a post on the roster moves.
  • Longtime Mariners team doctor Larry Pedegana has passed away.
  • The MVP awards were announced: American League winner Josh Donaldson played in the PCL for Sacramento in 2010, 2011, and 2012 (his PCL batting averages, in order: .238, .261, .335), and he appeared in numerous games at Cheney Stadium. National League winner Bryce Harper never played in the PCL.
  • Radio Guy talk: if you are a young one trying to break in, the Mariners Double-A Jackson club is hiring a No. 2 broadcaster.
  • It’s Big Game Week, and I’m obviously a huge Cal fan. Please enjoy one of the greatest finishes in football history along with the iconic radio call. Sorry not sorry, Elway.

Have a great weekend and Go Bears!

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