Kimberly Contreras

Report: Mariners Make Trio of Roster Moves

Mariners make trio of moves, demote Fien, promote Marshall, activate Powell.

The Seattle Mariners made a trifecta of moves early Wednesday afternoon, slightly adjusting their main roster. The struggling M's outrighted Casey Fien off the 40-man roster and sent him to AAA Tacoma. The veteran Fien had been horrific in five appearances for the Mariners, posting an ERA of 11.12, including a miserable performance Sunday against the Angels, in which the Mariners blew a six run ninth inning lead.

In the corresponding move, Seattle promoted 26 year old reliever Evan Marshall. The Mariners claimed Marshall off waivers on April 4th from Arizona, with who he'd spent the past three years with. In 85 games with the Diamondbacks, Marshall went 4-7 with a 4.50 ERA. After an impressive 2014 campaign that saw him post a 2.74 ERA in 57 games with 17 walks and 54 strikeouts over 49.1 innings. In 28.2 innings over the next two years, Marshall yielded 24 runs, and walked 13 with 16 strikeouts. With their bullpen performing at a fairly inconsistent pace throughout the first week of the year, the Mariners are hoping Marshall can help be an upgrade over Fien.

The final move for the Mariners was activating Boog Powell from his 80 game suspension which he was handed on June 23 of 2016. Powell's suspension was his second, and it stemmed for a positive test for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Powell was acquired by the Mariners in November of 2015 along with Nate Karns and C.J. Riefenhauser in exchange for Brad Miller, Logan Morrison and Danny Farquhar.

Powell was hitting well in Tacoma before his suspension, but now finds himself with a lot of company. Since his suspension, the Mariners acquired young outfielders Ben Gamel and Mitch Haniger, and Powell has likely been surpassed by Guillermo Heredia and Tyler O'Neill in the prospect pecking order, meaning he is going to have to work hard to get back in good graces.


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