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November 2, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Mariners bid farewell to Luis Rodriguez for now, plus other odds and ends

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The housekeeping continues for the Mariners, who today saw infielder Luis Rodriguez opt for free agency after he was outrighted off the 40-man roster. Rodriguez could indeed be re-signed later on, as the team appreciated his versatility.
But this is about the 40-man roster, now at 36. The Mariners have to finalize the roster by Nov. 18 to protect minor leaguers in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. So, they now have four open spots.
In other news, pitcher Danny Hultzen and shortstop Nick Franklin will play in the Rising Stars game for the Arizona Fall League this coming Saturday. Hultzen will be the starting pitcher for the West Division team.
If you missed it, I profiled both Hultzen and Franklin in our paper a couple of weeks ago when I was down in Arizona.
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They haven’t made public the list of Silver Slugger winners yet, but I’ve seen it and can tell you there are no Mariners on the team.
The list of those named to the team is embargoed when it comes to publication, but i doubt I just gave anything away.
Finally, while the Mariners were blanked this year in both the Fielding Bible and Gold Glove Awards, they at least got recognized defensively in one or two areas. Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan and second baseman Dustin Ackley were named the second-best double-play combination in baseball by the Bill James Handbook.
The handbook looks at the Defensive Runs Saved statistic pioneered by John Dewan in coming up with its calculations. Ryan had the highest DRS of any shortstop while Ackley was fifth among second basemen.
The top combo was Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus and second baseman Ian Kinsler.
We consider James, a previous Geoff Baker Live! guest from 2010, to be a friend of the blog, along with Dewan. So, any praise from them is high praise indeed.

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