A little player news as the industry prepares for the Winter Meetings, which begin on December 10th.
The Mariners have claimed left-handed reliever Sam Moll off waivers.
Moll spent the last two seasons pitching for Albuquerque, the Colorado Rockies affiliate. A 5-foot-10 lefty with a low-90s fastball, Moll pitched in 92 PCL games over the past two seasons, posting a 4.24 ERA (remember, that’s a pretty good ERA in the thin air of Albuquerque.
The Rockies third round draft pick in 2013 out of the University of Memphis, Moll has been used as a one-inning reliever over the last two seasons.
Moll is now on the Mariners 40-man roster (which still has three open spots). He does have options remaining, so he can be freely sent to Tacoma during the 2018 season.
It’s a bullpen depth move which should help the Rainiers, with the possibility that the 25-year-old can make improvements to become a major league contributor.
With regards to our previous post on Hisashi Iwakuma, today Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto provided some clarity on his health during an interview with 950-KJR.
Dipoto said Iwakuma, who had shoulder surgery in late September, won’t be ready until late May or early June.
So the timeline is bumped back a couple of months, but we could still see him in Tacoma this season.
- Here’s a little bit from The News Tribune on the acquisition of Sam Moll.
- In an article about the Mariners need for a star like Shohei Ohtani, ESPN.com has a list of all of Jerry Dipoto‘s major league additions and subtractions. It’s a long list.
- Buster Olney wonders what, exactly, Ohtani is looking for in an MLB team. A few chuckles here, but the greater point is clear: nobody knows.
- Lookout Landing has a look at Mariners players currently in winter leagues, including Rainiers catcher Mike Marjama. I was going to do a post on this, and now I don’t have to. Thanks, Lookout Landing!
- The Hall of Fame ballots are out, and the Edgar Martinez campaign is revving up once again. Hall expert Jay Jaffe wrote about Edgar’s qualifications for Sports Illustrated, and Larry Stone chimed in for the Seattle Times. Hopefully he gets in this year!
- This is cool: Safeco Field and the Mariners won Major League Baseball’s “Green Glove” award for recycling – ending San Francisco’s run of nine straight years with the title.
Next week things should start to get interesting in terms of offseason news. The Ohtani recruitment begins, and free agents will begin to sign. It’s been so quiet that the Winter Meetings could really be crazy this year.