Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Dipoto made another move for an outfielder that fits his stated preference this morning as he claimed Dan Robertson off of waivers from his old club, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Robertson just completed his age-29 season by appearing in 37 games for the Angels at the big league level, playing all three outfield spots and serving primarily as a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch runner. In 277 plate appearances over the past two seasons with Texas and LA, Robertson posted a .274/.324/.325 slash with a high-contact approach. In eight seasons in the minor leagues for San Diego, Texas and Los Angeles, the right-handed hitter accumulated a .299/.377/.405 slash while walking and striking out at almost identical rates and stealing 20 or more bases five times.
Chosen by the Paders in the 33rd round as a senior out of Oregon State in the 2008 Draft after three seasons of NAIA ball, Robertson has played in the Pacific Coast League in each of the past four seasons, hitting a combined .288/.364/.385 at that level with a strong 9.5% BB rate and a very low 11.0% strikeout rate. He has been successful in just 14 of his 24 stolen base attempts the past two seasons between MiLB and MLB, but he hasn't picked up a full-season's worth of plate appearances since 2013 either.
Dipoto acquired Robertson when he was GM for the Angels, too, saying of the stocky, high-energy outfielder at the time that he was a "a run-through-the-wall kind of guy". As with yesterday's move that netted Boog Powell and two pitchers, the addition of Robertson brings more athleticism and outfield defense to Seattle's group of MLB-ready players. Seattle outrighted 27 year old, hard throwing right-hander J.C. Ramirez in conjunction with this move. Their 40-man roster currently still sits at 37 players, which includes athletic outfielders Robertson, James Jones, Ramon Flores and Shawn O'Malley.
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