The Seattle Mariners have made some moves in their roster to try and straighten their current course that sees them placed last in the American League West, this early in the season. The most notorious move they have made is designating Leonys Martín for assignment, who was signed for $4.85 million during the offseason.
Jerry Dipoto’s patience with the Cuban has run dry, who blasted 15 homers and had 47 runs batted in last season with the Mariners. However, this year, during his first 15 games, he only had one extra-base hit to his name, no runs batted in andfive runs scored, accompanied by a dreadful slash line of .111/.172/.130, which took a heavy toll on the player’s future.
Martín could be traded or released next week. He could be a viable option for the Detroit Tigers that are struggling with J.D Martínez’ absence and still doesn’t have a set date for his return and JaCoby Jones, who was placed on 10-day disabled list on Saturday. Although it is thought Martinez could return soon, acquiring Martín could be a massive boost for the team until that happens.
Daniel Vogelbach was instantly called up by the Mariners in order to replace Martín. The first baseman seemed to have reawakened this season in the Triple-A, where he has managed to blast a couple of homers, three doubles, 14 runs batted in and has a .309/.409/.473 slash line in 16 games.
Vogelbach has Danny Valencia’s slow start to the season to be thankful for, as this will surely grant him more game time. Valencia has a .217/.226/.443 slash line, he hasn’t hit any home runs and has only two doubles in 18 games.
Scott Servais’ team has, as well, sent Chase De Jong to Triple-A and reinvigorated his bullpen with Chris Heston’s comeback as he struck out 19 in 17 innings while post a 3.18 ERA in Triple-A.