Josh Wilson Rumors


D'Backs Sign Josh Wilson

The Diamondbacks signed infielder Josh Wilson to a minor league deal, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (Twitter links). Wilson, who was released by the Mariners earlier in the week, will report to Triple-A Reno.

Wilson appeared in 11 games for Arizona during the 2009 season before playing for the Padres and Mariners. In 388 plate appearances for Seattle last year, Wilson posted a .227/.278/.294 line as a utility infielder. Though he's primarily a shortstop, Wilson has pitched three times and played every infield position.



Mariners Release Josh Wilson

The Mariners released infielder Josh Wilson, tweets MLB.com's Greg Johns.  Wilson, 30, hit .227/.278/.29 in 388 plate appearances for the Mariners last year, logging 839 innings at shortstop.  By cutting him now, the Mariners owe only 45 days termination pay.  On a $725K salary that amounts to about $179K.

The Everett Herald's Kirby Arnold tweeted earlier today that the Mariners selected the contracts of Chris Ray and Jamey Wright, so today's purchase of Adam Kennedy's contract fills up the team's 40-man roster.  Wilson told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times the Mariners are keeping non-roster invitee Luis Rodriguez as well, which can be made possible by placing Mauricio Robles on the 60-day DL.



Mariners Release Eric Byrnes

The Mariners have released Eric Byrnes, according to Larry LaRue of The News Tribune.  The veteran outfielder has posted a .443 OPS this season in 34 plate appearances.

The 34-year-old agreed to a one-year deal with Seattle in late January.  While Byrnes is earning $11MM in the final year of the three-year pact he signed with the D'Backs, the Mariners are responsible for just $400K of that sum.

Seattle has also made a trio of in-house adjustments, sending Matt Tuiasosopo to Triple-A while promoting Ryan Langerhans and Josh Wilson.  All four roster moves have been confirmed by a team press release. 

Shannon Drayer of ESPN Radio Seattle (via Twitter) points out that Langerhans and Wilson were not on the 40-man roster, meaning that another move is on the horizon.  She later tweeted that the move will not be shifting a player to the 60-day DL and it will likely not involve a player on the 25-man roster (also via Twitter).

Earlier this evening, both Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner and Larry Stone of The Seattle Times predicted that Byrnes' days in Seattle were numbered.



Mariners Re-Sign Josh Wilson

The Mariners signed infielder Josh Wilson to a minor league deal, tweets Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.  Wilson, 29 in March, hit .219/.279/.333 in 211 plate appearances for the D'Backs, Padres, and Mariners this year, mainly playing shortstop.



Phillies Sign DeWayne Wise & Wilson Valdez

According to Matt Eddy and Baseball America's latest edition of minor league transactions, the Phillies have signed utility men DeWayne Wise and Wilson Valdez to minor league contracts.

Wise, 32 in February, declared free agency back in October after hitting .225/.262/.366 in 153 plate appearances for the White Sox this year. Meanwhile, the 31-year-old Valdez hit .256/.326/.337 in 95 plate appearances for the Mets.

Make sure you check out the transactions link for more moves, including shortstop Josh Wilson becoming a free agent.



Mariners To DFA Josh Wilson

The Mariners are about to designate utilityman Josh Wilson for assignment to make room for Mike Sweeney, according to Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune. Wilson has spent time with the D'Backs, Padres and Mariners this year, playing a variety of positions, including pitcher. 

The 28-year-old appeared in six games for the Mariners, going hitless in two at bats. Because he pitched for the D'Backs and Padres, Wilson is probably the only position player in baseball who's allowed as many runs as he's driven in (three).



Mariners Claim Josh Wilson, DFA Quiroz

For the second time today, a Padre has been claimed off waivers. This time, it's Josh Wilson going to the Mariners, according to Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune. The Mariners also designated catcher Guillermo Quiroz for assignment.

Wilson, a 28-year-old utility man, has already played for the Padres and D'Backs this year, spending most of his time on the left side of the infield. He actually pitched for both clubs, too and it wasn't his first time on a big league mound; his pitching debut came with Tampa Bay in 2007. At the plate, Wilson's only hitting .156 this year, with an OPS below .500.

Quiroz, a 27-year-old catcher, appeared in just four games for the Mariners after a promotion from Triple A.



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Padres Claim Josh Wilson, DFA Duaner Sanchez

MLB.com's Corey Brock took to his Twitter account this evening for a few announcements: The Padres have claimed infielder Josh Wilson and designated reliever Duaner Sanchez for assignment.

Wilson, 28, was DFA'd by the Diamondbacks this week after starting the season with a .231/.333/.269 line in 11 games.  He'll provide infield depth for the Padres, especially at shortstop.  We actually discussed the club's infield situation with Brock just one day ago.  The D'Backs, according to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert, signed Abraham Nunez out of the independent league partially to compensate for the loss of infield depth.

Sanchez, a 29-year-old right-hander, went 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA, 2.36 WHIP and 2/8 K/BB ratio in 11 innings after being signed by the San Diego on March 15.  Those numbers were simply unacceptable, even for the 13-22 Padres.



Diamondbacks DFA Josh Wilson

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have designated infielder Josh Wilson for assignment.  

With regular shortstop Stephen Drew back to full health, Wilson was simply no longer needed.  The 28-year-old hit .231/.333/.269 with two RBI and one run scored in 11 games for Arizona this season.  He seems likely to end up back at the club's Triple-A affiliate in Reno, Nevada.









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