The Mariners announced this evening they’ve selected first baseman Mike Ford to the major league club. Catcher/designated hitter Luis Torrens has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list in a corresponding move. (Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times first reported the transactions). Seattle’s 40-man roster remains full.
Ford signed a minor league pact with Seattle over the offseason. The Princeton product broke in with an impressive .259/.350/.559 showing in 163 plate appearances with the Yankees in 2019, but he’s scuffled over the past couple seasons. Since the start of the 2020 campaign, Ford has mustered just a .134/.250/.276 line in 156 trips to the dish. He bounced from the Yankees to the Rays to the Nationals in the second half of last season. Washington non-tendered Ford at the end of the year.
The 29-year-old has gotten out to a nice start with Triple-A Tacoma this season. He’s hitting .317/.404/.488 with more walks than strikeouts through eleven games. That earns him another big league call, where he’ll add a left-handed bat to the bench for skipper Scott Servais.
The Mariners didn’t specify whether Ford is being promoted as a “substitute player.” Under the 2022 health and safety protocols, commissioner Rob Manfred has the sole discretion to determine whether teams are sufficiently impacted by COVID-19 to add a substitute to the roster. In either case, players on the COVID IL won’t count against the 40-man roster, but only designated substitutes can be removed from the 40-man without passing through waivers when affected players return. Mitch Haniger is also on the COVID-19 IL after testing positive over the weekend.
Does this count as a homecoming?
Maybe I’m missing something, but how is this a homecoming?
his first 40 man spot was with Seattle as a R5 pick, but he was returned to the Yankees.
Ahh. Didn’t catch that. Good looks.
Who gets to play 100 games in NY and come away with a .199 average?
Lol. Mike Ford, Gary Sanchez, and soon Joey Gallo
May be a little high for Gallo
He probably won’t stick around long as Haniger is expected back quickly and Torrens won’t likely be gone long himself, but hopefully another club will give him an opportunity following his stint in Seattle.
You know what Ford stands for?
Fix it again tony.
Acronym checks out.
I thought that was for FIAT
Found On the Road Dead is FORD
Your Acronym checker needs to go on the 10 Day IL
No, I’m pretty confident that I’m right. Your acronym is commonly attributed to Dodge.
Please, Do you really think Fix it again Tony has anything to do with Ford.? SMH
Tony Ford started saying it, that’s the “tie-in”
John Rocker Fan Club
It’s a shame nobody got that King of the Hill reference.
I think plenty got it. Not Winslow Leach however
Wish he and Vogelbach could play on the same team.
I’d give him a week.
I’d give him until Luis Torrens is healthy and ready to return.
This guy would be a good DH on any NL team. I liked him as a Yankee
Mike is just a Flimsy Old Rebuilt Dodge !! (Credit to: Williams & Ree)