Baseball Winter Meetings – Day 4

Jerry Dipoto recaps the Winter Meetings with Seattle's travelling media.

Jerry Dipoto recaps the Winter Meetings with Seattle’s travelling media.

Come in with a plan; Execute your plan:
The Mariners were one of the most active teams at the meeting, but were also one of the most efficient. Jerry Dipoto and the baseball operations staff had been working since his arrival in September on a plan to remake the Mariners roster. Since the season ended, they have executed on that plan, including here at the meetings. Here’s a look at the Mariners Nashville transactions:
Monday, December 7th
• Acquired LHP Wade Miley RHP Jonathan Aro from Boston Red Sox in exchange for LHP Roenis Elias and RHP Carson Smith.

Tuesday, December 8th
• Acquired RHP Evan Scribner from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Trey Cochran-Gill.

Wednesday, December 9th
• Acquired 1B Adam Lind from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for RHP Carlos Herrera, RHP Daniel Missaki and RHP Freddy Peralta. Designated 1B Andy Wilkins for assignment.

Thursday, December 10th
• Selected RHP Isaac Sanchez from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Triple-A portion of the Major League Rule 5 Draft.
• OF Jabari Blash selected by the Oakland Athletics (6th overall) in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft.
• LHP Brian Moran (Cleveland), RHP Logan Bawcom (Los Angeles-NL) and OF Julio Morban (Los Angeles-NL) selected from Seattle in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

Rule 5:
In the Rule 5 Draft today, a total of 65 players were selected, including 48 in the Triple-A phase of the Draft.
The Mariners selected right-handed pitcher Isaac Sanchez from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Triple-A portion of the Major League Rule 5 Draft.
Sanchez, 23 went 2-3 with 3 saves and a 2.71 ERA (20 ER, 66.1 IP) in 42 relief appearances with Single-A Bradenton in the Florida State League in 2015. The 6-foot-0, 190-pound right-handed reliever limited opponents to a .242 (60×248) average, while striking out 51 and walking 24 in 66.1 innings. He was on the 7-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain, July 30-Aug. 8, and appeared in one game on a rehab assignment with the GCL Pirates.

Sanchez was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Pittsburgh on June 18, 2010. Over parts of 6 seasons in the minor leagues, he is 14-11 with 11 saves and a 3.66 ERA (102 ER, 250.2 IP) in 139 games, 14 starts.

The Oakland Athletics selected outfielder Jabari Blash off the Mariners Triple-A Tacoma roster with the 6th selection in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft. He hit .271 (110×406) with 79 runs scored, 24 doubles, 2 triples, 32 home runs and 81 RBI in 116 games combined between Triple-A Tacoma and Double-A Jackson. The A’s traded Blash to the San Diego Padres minutes after making the selection.

Players chosen in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft must remain in the Major Leagues for the entire 2016 season. If the ML team wishes to option a player back to the minors, the club must first expose him to waivers for every other MLB team, then offer him back to his original team for $25,000 (half of the $50,000 claiming fee). A total of 16 players were selected in the Major League portion of the 2015 Rule 5 Draft.

Three players (LHP Brian Moran, RHP Logan Bawcom & OF Julio Morban) were selected from the Mariners system in the minor league portion of the draft.

Standing room only crowd at the Rule 5 Draft.

Standing room only crowd at the Rule 5 Draft.

Airport Day:
After four days of the entire baseball world converging on Nashville, and the Opryland Hotel, today was check-out day. The Rule 5 Draft (see below) started at 9 AM this morning and as soon as it was completed, the lobby filled up with Major League staff and minor league organizations streaming out of the building. By lunchtime, the hotel was pleasantly quiet, a distinct change after the crowds of the previous days. The Seattle contingent was travelling back on a late afternoon flight, so the Mariners were one of the final organizations in the building.

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