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A pretty slow day today with no baseball, almost as slow as my inflight wi-fi that wouldn’t actually load the blog admin site properly. So you are getting this post from sunny Anaheim. I think for most Mariners’ fans, this all-star breaks seems even longer with a team that’s in postseason contention.
Above is video talking about the second half of the season produced by Cinesport from the All-Star Game. The answer to your question: yes, my cranium is really that huge.
With the Rainiers playing tonight in Reno, the Mariners made a roster move today. Outfielder Stefen Romero was called up from Tacoma and reliever Lucas Luetge was optioned back to the Rainiers.
Romero, 25, appeared in 11 games with AAA Tacoma following his option post-game June 29. In 11 games, all starts in right field for the Rainiers, Romero batted .283 (13×46) with 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 9 RBI. In 51 games with the Mariners Romero hit .196 (29×148) with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 11 RBI.
Romero gives the Mariners another option in the outfield.
Here’s the probables for the Angels’ series.
*** James Paxton begins his rehab stint tonight with Class A Everett.
*** Blake Beavan’s rehab assignment was transferred from High Desert to Tacoma.
Of course, that’s not the outfielder that the Mariners’ fans want. They want another player like Marlon Byrd. That trade has been on hold despite the parameters of the deal agreed upon. Why? Well, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Byrd wants his 2016 contract guaranteed by the Mariners to waive the no-trade clause.
Here’s Byrd’s contract status from Cot’s.
So basically the Mariners would be paying about $3 million this year. Byrd would be making $8 million at age 39. They could also trade him next year or the year after as well. Though the return wouldn’t be much
So there’s the hold-up. Is $8 million a lot? Not really for this franchise.
With that piece of info out there, Fox’s Jon Morosi had these two tweets
This isn’t a new development. The Mariners have liked both players a lot. They’ve scouted both players. The Rays have scouted Taijuan Walker extensively. They had a scout and assistant general manager there in attendance. They were also scouting in Class AA Jackson and up in Class A Everett as well. That imminent part of Morosi’s tweet might be the need for the Rays to see Walker one more time considering his last outing. He pitches Friday night in Reno.
As for who else might be in that trade. It doesn’t sound like top hitting prospect DJ Peterson won’t be part of any deal this year. General manager Jack Zduriencik said on ESPN 710 that he has no interest in trading DJ Peterson.
It may be a situation where a third team needs to get involved to get this deal done.
It’s really odd writing about the Mariners trying to add major league pieces this time of year.
Something down the road for to consider for the coming years is the possibility of signing Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. He will be having a showcase on July 26 in Miami. He is the top Cuban free agent on the market. Can’t confirm that the Mariners will be there, but I’d expect them to have a representative.
Here’s a scouting report and video from Baseball America’s Ben Badler.
Castillo is speedy outfielder that is projected as a plus defender and the potential for power despite being just 5-9, 205. Yes, the Mariners have James Jones in center field. But looking through he farm system, there is a lack of legitimate center fielders. He could be an interesting and helpful acquisition. He also is represented by Roc Nation – the same agency as Robinson Cano – so there is an “in” and some good history between both sides.
There is even a thought that Castillo could be a big league contributor for the stretch run.
Here’s the midseason report from Jonah Keri for Grantland. He has Felix Hernandez winning the Cy Young.
Here’s an update from Fangraphs on attendance and television ratings. The Mariners numbers are not listed in this.