In the “Where Are They Now?” department, three former Mariners aren’t where they were yesterday.
Reliever Kanekoa Texeira (pictured to the right), who pitched in 16 games for the Mariners in 2010 as a Rule 5 draft pick out of the Yankees organization, is back with the Yankees. The M’s eventually designated Texeira for assignment in June of ’09, and he was claimed off waivers by the Royals. This past Wednesday, the Royals designated Texeira to make room for pitcher Danny Duffy, called up from Class AAA. The Yankees today claimed Texeira, and he’ll be on their roster when the Yankees come to Safeco Field on Friday for a big three-game series.
Much-traveled infielder Josh Wilson, designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks earlier in the week to clear room for Melvin Mora (coming off the bereavement list), was claimed by the Brewers. Wilson had previously played for the Marlins, Nationals, Rays, Diamondbacks, Padres, Mariners and Diamondbacks (again).
And pitcher Ian Snell, a huge disappointment in Seattle after coming over with Jack Wilson in a trade with Pittsburgh, signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Snell ostensibly retired during spring training, after going to camp with the St. Louis Cardinals, but couldn’t stay away.Snell began last season in the Mariners’ starting rotation and went 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA in 12 games (eight starts).
Baseball America’s Eddy also reports that the Braves signed right-hander Steven Shell to a Triple-A contract to play with Gwinnett. Shell was in the Mariners’ organization the past two years and pitched for Tacoma last season.