Ian Snell Clears Waivers

SUNDAY: Snell has cleared waivers and accepted a minor league assignment to Triple-A Tacoma, according to a team press release.

TUESDAY: The Mariners designated Ian Snell for assignment and called up Brian Sweeney, according to the team. Snell, who came to Seattle last summer in the Jack Wilson trade, started respectably for the Mariners, but has been ineffective of late. He has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last four appearances with 11 walks, five strikeouts and a 11.77 ERA in that time.

For the season, the 28-year-old right-hander has a 6.41 ERA with 5.1 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9 in 46.1 innings. Snell got off to a similar start last year before the Pirates demoted him to Triple A and saw him dominate for six starts. Snell has promise, but his recent struggles suggest he isn't close to fulfilling it.

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  1. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    I guess it was only a matter of time. I used to always think the guy just didn’t know how to capitalize on his potential. But now after two teams, winless this season, and sporting an ERA of 6.41, it seems the question might be “where is his potential?”

  2. aap212 5 years ago

    Now *here’s* someone I’d like to see Dave Duncan take a crack at. He looked so good once upon a time.

    • Glove Affair 5 years ago

      Yeah, but so did former teammate Oliver Perez. So I’d actually like to see Duncan take a shot at him first!

      • Perez does not have the attitude to be worked with nor does he deserve the aid of dave duncan…perez is a complete a-hole.

  3. Fukudome for Snell straight up…hahaha

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Duncan get a hold of snell and see if there really ever was something there. Wish him luck but it looks like he is on his way to the “Shoulda beens” graveyard

  4. I was actually thinking Cards as well. See Duncan work this magic with this guy. he has the stuff, he has had flashes.

  5. jmag043 5 years ago

    He had that 17k performance at triple A last year…hes got potential. he’ll latch on somewhere….a guy with a 7.84 on the season just signed a major league deal after being released, got a spot in the rotation of a contending team, and is starting today.

  6. bigpat 5 years ago

    I think a team should just try him out as strictly a reliever, I’m actually surprised the M’s didn’t do that. He had one good season as a starting pitcher, but I don’t think he’ll come close to that anymore.

    When I remember him, he threw a good slider and an ok fastball, just let him come in for an inning, get amped up, and throw as hard as he can. I think he could develop into a decent setup guy.

  7. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    Japanese hitters must be psyched to hear this news.

  8. brewersnrays 5 years ago

    Is it possible to get him on a AAA deal?

  9. Ichiroll 5 years ago

    Good riddance!

  10. damnitsderek 5 years ago

    Best of luck to Snell. Nothing personal, but I hope to never see you in a Mariners uniform again.

    Glad to see Sweeney make it back, though. He probably won’t offer much more to the club, but I’ve always liked the guy.

  11. thepadsquad 5 years ago

    If either darren balsley of the padres (the most underrated pitching coach in baseball) or dave duncan get their hands on him he has a shot at reaching what he could have been. I would love it if the padres picked him up.

    • rockiesmagicnumber 5 years ago

      Yeah, the correct answer is Bob Apodaca of Colorado

      I could be a stud pitching coach in PetCo.

      • thepadsquad 5 years ago

        Oh, i forgot about him my bad. I know petco is a pitchers heaven but if the you have the best bullpen in baseball while everybody (except bell) is making close to the minimum you have to be doing something right

        • rockiesmagicnumber 5 years ago

          I’m just kind of teasing. Balsey’s doing a great job with a young pitching corps. I’m just the biggest Bob Apodaca defender/proponent on the planet.

          • thepadsquad 5 years ago

            Nah it’s kine. Bob A. is the most underrated pitching coach followed by Darren.

  12. rockiesfan_303 5 years ago

    Pirates robbed the Mariners in that trade

  13. formerdraftpick 5 years ago

    I would love to see him converted to a closer. I think he could do the job.

  14. send him back to t-ball. at least then his horrid pitching cannot effect the outcome of a game

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