It’s Thanksgiving eve and Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is continuing to makes changes to the Seattle Mariners roster.
Yesterday he signed veteran catcher Chris Iannetta – yet another player with a track record of some success, but who is coming off a poor season. It’s a one-year deal.
(radio geek interlude: it’s pronounced “eye-ah-netta”).
Iannetta hit just .188 for the Angels last year, but he has been a much more productive player than that over the course of his career. He’s always drawn a lot of walks (something the Mariners haven’t been doing lately) and shown a bit of power.
The Mariners didn’t get any offensive production from the catcher position last year, so help was needed. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if Dipoto adds another one.
On Tuesday night more rumors swirled that Dipoto is working to try to acquire toolsy young outfielder Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins. He’s another player coming off a down year, but a player with a lot of potential. For more on that, see the links below.
Former first round draft pick Danny Hultzen cleared waivers and had his contract outrighted to Tacoma.
He’s still battling shoulder issues, of course. But because he cleared waivers, my understanding is that he now has two full seasons left before he becomes a free agent – which means that the he and the Mariners have plenty of time to work through the shoulder rehabilitation and see if he can get it going again.
This is good news for the M’s, who have invested a lot of time and money in Hultzen.
Here’s a quick winter ball update on some Rainiers players:
First off, Tacoma manager Pat Listach has his Estrellas club in the Dominican League in second place, with a 17-13 record. They are 1.5 games out of first.
D.J. Peterson finished the Arizona Fall League with a .209 average. He had three homers and 12 RBI in 67 at-bats, with a .709 OPS.
Stefen Romero appeared in four games in Venezuela in October, going 3-for-15 with a homer. I’m not sure if he’s been injured or went home.
After being added to the 40-man roster, Patrick Kivlehan reported to the Dominican League, appearing in two games this week.
Starting pitcher Stephen Landazuri is getting good results in the Mexican League, where he is 4-1, 3.43 with 40 strikeouts and seven walks in 39 IP. He struggled in his first Triple-A experience last season but could get another shot with the Rainiers in 2016.
Tyler Olson has been working as a starter in the Dominican. He’s 0-2, 5.91 in six starts – I wonder if the Mariners will use him as a starter in spring training.
- Ryan Divish posted a story on the Chris Iannetta signing which includes his career stats – you can see how his 2015 season simply doesn’t match the rest.
- marc w at USS Mariner dived into the statistical performance of Iannetta and deemed it a good signing.
- The Mariners are reportedly in talks with the Marlins to try to acquire young outfielder Marcell Ozuna.
- Jabari Blash appears on Baseball America’s list of players who may get selected in the Rule 5 Draft.
- Jeff Sullivan took a deep dive into the pitch arsenal of James Paxton.
- Former Rainiers and Mariners outfielder Eric Thames won the MVP award in the Korean league. Thames had a 40-40 season: he hit .381 with 47 home runs, 140 RBI, and 40 stolen bases. They announce the league awards in an amusingly over-dramatic television show – check it out.
- Popular former Rainiers player Matt Tuiasosopo has signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves.
- This is really cool:The News Tribune invites you to experience being a Hall Of Fame voter.
Let’s have a long, festive weekend and report back on Monday.