For sure, as long as they stay far away from Noesi we should be fine.
10 game win streak snapped.
Michael, yeah he's been killing the ball so far in the WBC.
Yeah I couldnt catch him in the brawl Good that nothing serious happened
Yeah, I'm just glad I don't see a #20 in there!
M's optioned Thames to Triple-A? Interesting.
CHECKS mentioned he'd probably be an candidate to be moved down. Guess he was right
I read last week Guti was having some health issues again?
Yeah, I think he missed like 5 games, but I think he was back in yesterday?
I guess they're just being cautious at the moment, supposedly
Hope this guy stays on the field this year
First Mariners non-roster pitcher to win a spot is…Kameron Loe
Well, there we were all pre-occupied with Jon Garland and his bid for the rotation last night when a non-roster guy actually won a spot on the team and it shot right by us. Kameron Loe hasn’t been officially declared a Mariners member yet but he actually won his bullpen spot last night when the Mariners sent Carson Smith down to minor league camp at around 11 p.m. PT.
Now, it’s been pretty clear for a while now that the Mariners were going to give Loe every opportunity to join their bullpen this year. Stephen Pryor and Carter Capps have both had good camps throwing from the right side, but let’s face it, they’ve barely gotten their toes wet — let alone their feet — in the majors. And after Tom Wilhelmsen, that’s a pretty vulnerable right side carrying all that inexperience. So, once Josh Kinney went down to a bizarre injury it pretty much took away all of Loe’s competition, save for Smith, who had a fantastic spring but, as his manager strongly hinted a few days back, was only going to be looked at as future depth for now.
Once it was confirmed last weekend that the Mariners were not going to carry a “long-man” in the bullpen, the job came down to Loe or Smith. Now that Smith is gone, the job is Loe’s barring a trade. But there really is no reason to make a trade. Loe has shown the Mariners what they needed to see this spring. His change-up has been stronger than it’s been for him in the past.
Loe has an opt-out clause in his contract that kicks in Monday. But it’s not going to be an issue.
That’s because, given what Loe has shown, he’s a pretty cheap veteran pickup by the Mariners now that he appears to be over the late-season problems that plagued him last year.
Actually, let me re-phrase. The opt-out clause will be an issue in that the Mariners will have to guarantee Loe something come Monday and that will nullify any chance for a trade or waiver-wire pickup to replace him after that. The Mariners aren’t in the business of throwing money away. No siree. Once they show Loe the money on Monday, they aren’t kicking him to the curb in favor of a late trade recipient. Not how this team operates. It counts the small change. And the Mariners aren’t going to find that trade replacement in thenext 72 hours or so. That’s too quick.
Loe told me today he’s gotten more strikeouts with his changeup this spring than he has his last several years combined. That’s good news, because right-handers can use a good changeup to neutralize lefties. Loe had problems with those last year, so he might have found a solution
In any event, the Mariners appear to have found their solution to concerns about a woeful lack of experience on the right side of the pen. We already know it’s going to be a seven-man bullpen and that Brandon Maurer is not being considered for a relief role. Erasmo Ramirez isn’t either because, for one, you don’t want to mess him up as a starter right now and, two, in a choice between who I’d want coming in late, it’s Loe without question if I’m a big league manager. Nothing Ramirez has done on his brief MLB resume so far suggests he’s a better late-innings reliever than Loe. Ramirez needs to work on his starting — period. The handful of folks who have really paid close attention to the bullpen can see the obvious.
So, your Mariners bullpen for Opening Day of 2013 is:
RHP Tom Wilhelmsen CL
LHP Oliver Perez
RHP Kameron Loe
RHP Carter Capps
RHP Stephen Pryor
LHP Charlie Furbush
LHP Lucas Luetge
Got any better ideas? Mariano Rivera isn’t available.
Congrats to Loe. Too bad the boa constrictor can’t be here for all the fun. Don’t expect the Mariners to announce anything for a while, but that’s OK. The whole world usually knows it by the time they announce things. Unless they do something completely whacked. That’s happened before, too, at spring training. But it’s not going to happen here. The minute Shawn Kelley was traded and we learned that Loe was approached at exactly that time, it was pretty clear he was on the team unless he fell apart this spring. And he did not.
Shockingly, he says the welt has gone and is actually feeling ok right now...
In other news, the M's have signed Endy Chavez. Hmmmmmmmm.
"We need a Kendrys" *sprays Axe*
This is great.
Interesting to see what Brandon Maurer's got for us too.
Yeah sounded like Erasmo was having questions about durability to start and finish a year. He was having his problems in ST I guess
He definitely will be the 1st one up, I'd just like to think he isn't injured or anything like that. Beaven is a lame duck, imo. He'll either be put out there to garner any trade value he can, or he'll be back down in AAA.
Found this bit on Maurer:
Maurer impressed coaches with his ability to throw all five of his pitches and fearlessness to do so in any count. He also demonstrated the ability to adjust when one pitch wasn’t working and get out of jams without allowing massive damage.
I'm ready for a Pineda like impact. I really think he could deliver that kind of performance and unlike Pineda who basically got by on over powering with the Fastball - he's got 5 pitches (I read its more like 4)
This is turning into another bizarre experience, but after declaring they wanted to make some type of announcement on the Casper Wells/Jason Bay roster decision, the Mariners have now put it off.
“We don’t have to have the roster set until Sunday,” Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told reporters moments ago.
And that’s what he plans to do. But Zduriencik also said something that all but confirms it will be Bay headed north with the team.
And that is, Bay will be the one traveling with the club to Salt Lake City for their final exhibition game. Wells will be staying behind in Arizona to play in some minor league contests.
Zduriencik wouldn’t say it, but since Bay is the one who will be on the Opening Day roster, it makes sense to have him with the club so he can fly to Oakland after Saturday’s game.
Wells will either be traded or headed to the minors with Seattle, or claimed by somebody else. No sense having him with the big club for that.
Just for fun, I asked Zduriencik why Wells is staying behind and not accompanying the team.
“To get his ABs,” Zduriencik said. “I mean, you’re going to go run up there (to Salt Lake City) and in the last few days, he hasn’t played quite all that much, so our decision was hey, keep him here, let him play. He can certainly get at least three games in…four or five at-bats per game. So, it works good for him.”
True, but if the team had plans to keep Wells beyond Sunday, it could easily get him at-bats today and then on Saturday and leave Bay here. That one extra game and three extra at-bats isn’t going to make or break any roster decisions.
So, they’re either still trying to trade him, or hoping he clears waivers once he’s put on them. It takes 72 hours to clear waivers, so the team could put him through today and still have an answer before Sunday’s roster deadline.