Mariners Add Triple-A Reliever

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.

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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.

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