The Mariners have placed shortstop Ketel Marte on the disabled list and recalled Chris Taylor from Triple-A Tacoma to take his place, reports Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune (on Twitter).
Marte sprained his left thumb during the Mariners’ game against the Reds on Saturday and had to leave early, though X-rays came back negative. The switch-hitting Marte, 22, is in the midst of his second straight season serving as a capable option at short for the Mariners. In 167 plate appearances this year, Marte has hit .276/.307/.378 with five steals on seven attempts. During his first major league action last season, Marte batted .283/.351/.402 in 247 trips to the plate and swiped eight bags on 12 tries. All told, Marte has already been worth 2.2 fWAR in just 97 career games.
The 25-year-old Taylor has compiled a .294/.374/.464 line in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League this year after faring similarly well with Tacoma last season, but his big league career hasn’t been nearly as successful. Taylor, formerly a well-regarded prospect, has amassed 253 PAs with the Mariners and slashed an uninspiring .239/.296/.296.
So how long is Ketel out
That’s not to bad, but Taylor might make it bad. Why not give someone else a chance, like Tyler smith who has been doing good in Tacoma so far, or even Sardinas as an everyday guy for a couple weeks
Is smith on the roster??
They may want sardinas to spend some more time in the minor with his struggles in the first month
How can you say Marte is a capable option? He has played pretty darn good for a young kid just starting his major league career. That is the problem with a few of the M’s best players nobody has heard or seen much of them. Marte made Miller expendable and I would not be surprised to see Taylor as part of a package to get a right fielder that can play everyday. Cruz is OK Guti is good when he can play but not that impressed with Smith would like to see an upgrade there to keep us in contention.
What do you think about the idea of trading for Starling Marte, what would it take to get him?
Way more than the Mariners have to offer. The Mariners don’t have a great farm system and they’re not/shouldn’t move any major guys from the 25-man roster. Marte is too big of a name to target. While Smith’s production could definetly be better (and so could Gutierrez’s especially since he’s playing worse than Smith) the realistic options should be an upgrade on that platoon.
The Pirates need bullpen help, send Diaz, Paxton, Guipai, Rollins, Romero and Seth Smith
I was complimentary of Marte, so I’m not really sure what your complaint is. He’s a good player.