|Andino to be DFAd to clear 40-man spot for Sucre, Triunfel added |
by Rick Randall of SeattleClubhouse.com, May 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm ET
Robert Andino Profile
Completing the flurry of moves that started on yesterday's off day with Jesus Montero's demotion, it is expected that the Seattle Mariners will soon announce that infielder Robert Andino -- acquired from Baltimore in an off-season trade for outfielder Trayvon Robinson -- will be designated for assignment. Andino has struggled all season with the bat and Brendan Ryan has reclaimed his role as the M's starting shortstop with some improvement at the plate. With that and a 40-man roster spot needed to add Jesus Sucre to the big league roster to serve as Kelly Shoppach's backup, Andino -- sporting a club-worst .490 OPS, 41 OPS+ and 226 wOBA in 85 plate appearances -- simply was not getting the job done.
The task of getting the job done as the backup infielder now falls on 23-year-old one-time surefire can't miss prospect Carlos Triunfel. Triunfel is enjoying his best season as a professional in the early going for the Rainiers, hitting .300/.351/.476 with 19 extra base hits while splitting his time defensively at shortstop (34 games) and second base (9 games). Triunfel also started one game at third base -- just the second time he's played the position in his minor league career -- a position which Andino has extensive playing experience at. The 5-foot-11 right-handed hitter made his big league debut with Seattle last September and counted two doubles among his five hits during 10 games of action for the Mariners.
Andino has played in 29 games at shortstop, second base and third base but he is striking out in 31.8% of his plate appearances this season, the second worst mark among regulars on the club, and well above his career mark of 20.4%. The 29-year-old will be free to sign with any team.