Eric Thames was dealt by the Mariners to the Baltimore Orioles this morning for minor league infielder Ty Kelly, who will report to Class AAA Tacoma. Thus ends the saga of another Mariners outfielder who never really made it here, with Thames joining the likes of Casper Wells, Trayvon Robinson, Alex Liddi, Mike Carp, Francisco Martinez and others that Seattle has tried in the outfield at one time or another in the majors and minor leagues, only to be let go this season.
The Mariners traded relief pitcher Steve Delabar for Thames, 26, last July. But Thames wasn’t all that gifted defensively, had some massive holes in his swing and was never really looked at as an option by the Mariners this season even with all of their outfield woes.
In Kelly, 24, they get a guy who hit .283 with an OPS of .771, one home run, 21 doubles and two triples for AA Bowie in the Eastern League. He plays third base, second base and the outfield corners. One thing worth noting is that he already played 11 games at AAA last season, so he was repeating AA this year.
In other news, Dustin Ackley’s finger isn’t as bad as it looked like it may have been yesterday.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said this morning that he hopes to get Ackley back in time for Tuesday’s game in Texas. Don’t forget, the Mariners have an off-day tomorrow.
Wedge said Michael Saunders might be available to play today at some point. He’s getting checked out by medical staff as we speak.
For those wondering, I asked Wedge why he pinch-ran Jason Bay for Kendrys Morales yesterday, instead of first using Saunders — knowing that the only thing he could do was run.
Wedge replied that he wanted to use somebody who could actually hit if the lineup turned back over again. Since Saunders could not do that, he would have wound up “burning” two players at once had he gone with Saunders initially.
As it turns out, he burned the DH when Ackley got hurt the following half inning and wound up using Saunders as a pinch-runner in any event in the bottom of the ninth.
But Wedge can’t predict the future, so he went with Bay.