The Mariners announced a number of roster moves today. Following yesterday’s trade for Yacksel Rios, the Mariners have selected his contract and added the right-hander to the active roster. The hard-throwing 28-year-old will have a chance to make an impression in the Mariners’ injury-depleted bullpen.
Drew Steckenrider will join Rios in the pen. Steckenrider has been reinstated from the injured list. The 30-year-old right-hander has been out since May 21st as part of the COVID-19 protocols. Prior to landing on the IL, the former Marlin had appeared 14 times and logged 18 1/3 innings with a 2.45 ERA/2.32 FIP.
To make room for Rios and Steckenrider, Robert Dugger and Daniel Zamora have been optioned to Triple-A. Dugger started yesterday’s game in an Opener capacity, tossing 2 1/3 innings and yielding a pair of earned runs. Zamora, 28, has made four appearances on the year, tossing 4 1/3 innings and giving up three earned runs.
“His name is Rios
And he’s pitching from the mound…”
Next up. Cal Raleigh for Jose Godoy. Follow that with Shed Long plus Dylan Moore for Jack Mayfield and Donnie Walton.
C – Raleigh
1B – France
2B – Moore/Long
SS – Crawford
3B – Seager
OF – Haniger, Trammell, Kelenic
DH/Bench – Moore/Long, Nottingham, Murphy
I disagree on Long, he hasn’t proven he’s worthy of a roster spot. I’d rather see them give away on an extended look (as they gave Shed last year) to see what he’s got; Donnie also has more versatility in the field as he has played some 3rd and SS.
Long was excellent in 2019 and hurt in 2020. I could see keeping Walton in place of Nottingham or giving Kelenic are chance to relax in AAA
Just curious- if he goes to Tacoma, who plays OF/CF in place of Kelenic.? Speaking of, how long do you give him (jk) to improve on his disturbingly low BABiP?
Haniger in RF, Trammell in CF, Fraley in LF, with Moore as the fourth outfielder.
I get you’re trying to portray my statement as being down on Kelenic but that’s not true. Sometimes a guy needs to reset and then they’ll be fine.
You point to his BABIP as why he’s struggling but that’s turning into a false narrative. I think more reflective is that he struck out 11 of his last 14 at bats coming into today.
Long also wasn’t terrible in the corners. So you could keep moore at 2b.
Mariners need to give a shot or hiram bocachica or Julio Rodrigues already ! Jared needs some more minor league seasoning
Really it’s time to realize Kelenic has lost his confidence or if nothing else he’s not ready for prime time yet. Stop punishing him and us and send him back to AAA to get his confidence back. How many more for O for 4’s do we have to watch before the M’s realize he’s out of his league at the moment.
Clearly, sending him down would be service time manipulation. Not the fact he has a .396 OPS (lower than 6 pitchers so far this year), 19 wRC+, or WAR approaching -1.
I wonder how Mather feels about Kelenic’s start. Not that it matters anymore
I feel like in 2021 to be a Pirates fan you almost have to cheer service time manipulation. What else are they good at? No disrespect intended personally but tell me I am wrong.
Imo, we’ve been a lot better with pitchers, and pitching development. Miguel Yajure has looked fantastic so far. Many of our reclaimation projects, like Sam Howard, Duane Underwood Jr., Chris Stratton, and Tyler Anderson have been a whole lot better than if we still had the old regime around. The whole “pitch-to-contact” mould that they tried to fit on all pitchers was thrown out the window when we hired Oscar Marin.
Overall, they’ve been a lot better at just rebuilding in general. They actually got value back in trades. Ben Cherington got Liover Peguero (a borderline top 100 prospect with good speed, fielding, and bat) and Brennan Malone (a 2019 first round pick with 4 average or better offerings already) for Starling Marte, had an outstanding 2020 draft, and then got pretty decent pieces back for Josh Bell, Joe Musgrove, and especially Jameson Taillon.
That Taillon trade could end up being the Pirates’ Chris Archer trade. Bit of a bold statement, I will admit, but I there’s so much potential in Yajure, Roansy Contreras, Canaan Smith-Njigba, and Maikol Escotto. Yajure has looked great at the major league level and Contreras is looking like an ace at Double-A.
Overall, the future of the Pirates is a whole lot brighter than many realize, simpily because they’re the Pirates. They have more 40 or higher FV prospects than the Tampa Bay Rays, or Los Angeles Dodgers (per FanGraphs). They have a super deep farm system with a handful of top-tier talents, and will add even better prospects in the draft and the trade deadline.
wish Rios the best. liked him coming up as a Phillie.
Vanilla ice has more hits than kelonic. And the ms keep putting him out there like they did w zunino completly killing his confidence. He litterly looks lost at the plate. He isn’t ready and isn’t even close to ready. Congrats Ms
U again turned a sure thing to a trade able asset for some crappy minor leagers in a year.
Yeah cause they’re going to trade him this year or next because he clearly won’t have a career…
Kinda what the ms do isn it