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ADDITIONAL NOTE: If you missed last night’s edition of The Geoff Baker Show on Sports Radio KJR, the first hour is posted above. The final 30 minutes is below.
Well, I was told yesterday that the Mariners would not be removing a player from the MLB roster in order to free up a spot for Jesus Sucre to join the team. Nothing has officially changed in that regard, but there have been high-level discussions going on all morning with the Mariners involving a slew of potential moves.
There are rumors out there that Robert Andino has been designated for assignment. Also, that he has already been placed on waivers, which is a completely different thing.
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If on waivers, Andino could suit up and play for the Mariners tonight. If DFA, he cannot. With waivers, it takes 48 hours to clear and then the team can outright Andino to Class AAA. The reason you would do this is that is to free up a spot on the 40-man roster.
As of right now, the plan is still to free up the Sucre roster spot with the DFA of a minor leaguer. But Mariners officials, like I said, have been meeting to go over options and could change those plans.
For one thing, if Andino is on waivers and hasn’t cleared or been claimed by tonight, then you can’t use his spot on Sucre. But if Andino does clear or is claimed before tonight’s game, then you don’t have to sacrifice a minor leaguer off the 40-man roster in order to free up a spot for Sucre.
As of now, nothing has been determined. It’s a minute-to-minute thing.
We’ve seen with last night’s AAA pitching performance by Jeremy Bonderman how quickly things can change from day-to-day. In the era before Twitter, this stuff would routinely take place and the end move would be announced and would be straightforward for everybody.
Now, we’re in a situation where stuff gets made public in the middle of a fluid process and appears not to make any sense.
That’s why, it’s entirely possible Andino is on waivers and could still play tonight. If he was DFA, then the team would have to call up an infield replacement from AAA — either Nick Franklin or Carlos Triunfel — and one of them would be in-uniform tonight.
As of right now, that has not happened. But the game is still six hours away.
So, stay tuned. It’s safe to say there is stuff going on.