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July 29, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Done deal: Mariners get Jack Wilson, Ian Snell from Pittsburgh

It’s a done deal. The Mariners just announced that they have acquired
shortstop Jack Wilson and right-handed pitcher Ian Snell from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for shortstop Ronny Cedeno, minor league catcher/first baseman Jeff Clement and minor league right-handed pitchers Nathan Adcock, Brett Lorin and Aaron Pribanic.
“This was an opportunity for us to acquire a veteran shortstop, a former All-Star player, with leadership qualities and above average defensive skills,” Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said in a press release. “As we move forward over the next few years it is nice to know that we have solidified the shortstop position,
“We also acquired Ian Snell, a talented pitcher with Major League experience who now has an opportunity re-start his career after a very successful re-assignment in Indianapolis.”
Cedeno will join the Pirates. Clement has been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Pribanic and Lorin have been assigned to Single-A West Virginia of the South Atlantic League and Adcock will join Single-A Lynchburg of the Carolina League.
Wilson will take over a\s the Mariners’ regular shortstop, and Snell is likely to join the Mariners’ rotation.
Wilson, 31, is in the final year of a three-year, $20.2 million contract that pays him $7.25 million this season. He has an $8.4 million option for 2010 with a $600,000 buyout.
Wilson has spent his entire major league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since 2006, Wilson has the fourth-highest fielding percentage among all major-league shortstops (.980). He was an All-Star in 2004 and is hitting .267 with four homers and 31 runs batted in this season, with 18 doubles.
Snell, 27, is 2-2, with a 0.96 ERA in six starts with AAA Indianapolis this season. He has struck out 47 in 37.1 innings. He started the season with the Pirates and was 2-8 with a 5.36 ERA in 15 starts. Snell was a 14-game winner for the Pirates in 2006 and considered one of the NL’s rising young pitchers until struggling the last two-plus seasons,.
Cedeno, 26, had taken over as the Mariners’ regular shortstop following the trade of Yuniesky Betancourt, but was struggling at the plate. Cedeno is in the midst of an 0-for-26 slump and his average is sitting at .167. He arrived from the Cubs in the offseason with Garrett Olson in a trade for Aaron Heilman.
“Ronny is a solid Major League defensive-oriented shortstop,” said Pittsburgh GM Neal Huntington in a Pirates release. “We feel we can help him become more productive with the bat, while his defense helps our pitching staff.”
Clement, 25, was the third overall pick in the star-studded draft of 2005, a left-handed-hitting catcher out of USC. But he has had knee problems that have kept him from catching for much of this season. He has been playing DH and first base for Tacoma but is reportedly healthy again and ready to resume catching in the near future.
Clement was hitting .288 with Class AAA Tacoma with 14 homers and 68 RBI. He had a .366 on-base percentage. In 75 games with the Mariners in 2007-08, Clement hit .237 with five homers and 23 RBI.
“Our scouts have consistently projected Clement to be an everyday Major League contributor with the power to hit 20-plus home runs,” Huntington said. “He has been an extremely highly-regarded prospect since he was drafted third overall in 2005 and has performed consistently since then, showing the tools to be a quality offensive player.”
Adock was 5-7, 5.29 in 21 games, 19 starts with High Desert in the California League this season. Lorin (5-4, 2.44 in 16 GS) and Pribanic (7-6, 3.21 in 17 GS) were both pitching with Clinton in the Midwest League.
Adcock was a fifth-round draft choice in 2006; Lorin was a fifth-round pick in 2008; Pribanic was a third-round pick in 2008.
“Aaron has been highly regarded since he was drafted in the third round out of the University of Nebraska in 2008 by Seattle,” Huntington said of Pribanic.. “He put up excellent numbers in his first full professional season. He has a heavy four-seam fastball that reaches up to 93 miles per hour and a two-seam fastball with significant sinking and tailing life low in the zone that has allowed him to get ground balls.”
Of Lorin, he said: “Brett has been noted by our scouts for his plus makeup, competitive nature and desire to win and succeed. He complements his solid fastball that can touch the mid-90s with a curveball that has shown tight rotation and the form to project to an above-average Major-League curveball.”
And of Adcock: “Nathan has shown our scouts quality pitching instincts, including a curveball that was ranked the best in Seattle’s system by Baseball America. Despite pitching in the worst pitcher’s park in baseball in High Desert of the California League, Adcock has shown the ability to get ground balls with an advanced three-pitch mix and the ability to locate his 91-plus mile per hour fastball, which are crucial tools in a Major League pitcher.”



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