When the Mariners released their minor league coaching assignments earlier this offseason, there was no listing for Class A Everett at the time. Why? Because the organization was in the process of finalizing a deal to have former catcher Dave Valle manage the Aqua Sox.
Because of his broadcasting commitments to Root Sports and more importantly the MLB Network, there were a few details that needed to be worked out before Valle could accept the job and the organization could announce it.
Valle played in 13 big league seasons – 10 with the Mariners. He interviewed for the Mariners managerial opening in the offseason. While it was a longshot for him to get the job, Valle impressed enough people that they decided to offer him a chance to build up his managing resume in the minor leagues.
Fernando Rodney was in the clubhouse waiting to take his physical. I don’t know if we’ll have an announcement of his signing until tomorrow. Randy Wolf was also in the clubhouse as well.
A few more position players arrived today in spring training – most notably Jesus Montero and Kyle Seager.
Talked with Taijuan Walker a little this morning. He said he added 10 pounds of muscle this offseason and is up to 230 pounds. He said most of the strengthening was in his legs to help him withstand the rigors of the season.