Posted: 07/31/2014 11:57 AM
Posted: 07/31/2014 12:30 PM
This isn't a move that puts the Mariners over the top, and it did cost them Abraham Almonte, plus somebody else minor that we don't know yet. While Almonte looked miserably overmatched at the MLB level this year, he did show promise last season, although that hasn't carried over to this year in Tacoma, where he's been quite a bit worse than the year before. Given what the Mariners have for internal outfield depth, it's a little strange to be giving away any of their talent with any upside at all, so the price is questionable at best. There's still a chance that Almonte figures it all out and becomes a solid 4th outfielder some day, but those contact issues were pretty horrendous. It's a bigger gamble than the M's probably needed to make, but apparently they saw enough to give up on Almonte.
The other piece is Stephen Kolscheen, a reliever in Tacoma who the Mariners saw a bit of in spring training. He's been fantastic, striking out 33 batters in 32 innings while only walking 4 in Jackson before being promoted to Tacoma, where he's been equally great, sporting a 22/2 K/BB ratio. Kolscheen doesn't throw exceptionally hard in the low 90s, but the control artist thing while whiffing a batter per inning is still appealing. The Mariners have a ton of good relievers, so this is dealing from their surplus, but Kolscheen isn't a loss without potential impact, even though it's probably quite low.
Posted: 07/31/2014 12:35 PM
Last edited 07/31/2014 1:22 PM by ultratvfan
Posted: 07/31/2014 1:36 PM
Posted: 07/31/2014 7:07 PM
LevelAgain wrote: It is sad to see him go. For the most part, you could count on the guy to do his job.
Posted: 08/01/2014 2:32 AM
Posted: 08/01/2014 7:56 AM
ChargersWinII wrote: I just liked the dude because he didn't do stupid things like many of our players do (we have a high per capita stupid rate on this team...ha). He was a professional. I'll miss him even if he didn't hit a lick this year for us.
Posted: 08/01/2014 1:26 PM
Posted: 08/01/2014 1:50 PM
lafnboy13 wrote: One more reason to like Denorfiahttp://sports.yahoo.com/news/d...07682--mlb.html
Posted: 08/01/2014 2:06 PM
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