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Mariners Add Powell & Kivlehan to 40-Man Roster

Boog Powell

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

  • Patrick Kivlehan, INF, selected from AAA Tacoma.
  • Boog Powell, OF, selected from AAA Tacoma.
  • Danny Hultzen, LHP, designated for assignment.

The Mariners Major League 40-man roster is now full.

Kivlehan, 25, hit .256 (121×472) with 58 runs, 25 doubles, 1 triple, 22 home runs, 73 RBI, 36 walks and 14 stolen bases in 123 games in his first full season with AAA Tacoma. He participated for the U.S.A. in the Pan Am Games, hitting .342 with a team-leading 3 home runs. He led the Rainiers in games played (123), while also finishing among the team leaders in home runs (T1st/22), doubles (2nd, 25), RBI (3rd, 73), hits (3rd, 121) and walks (3rd, 36). His 22 home runs ranked T7th in the Pacific Coast League. Kivlehan appeared in games at 6 different positions: first base (30 G/26 GS), third base (26 G/23 GS), left field (48 G/46 GS), center field (11 G/9 GS), right field (13 G/11 GS) and designated hitter (7 GS).

Kivlehan was the Mariners 4th round selection in the 2012 Amateur Draft out of Rutgers University. In four minor league seasons in the Mariners organization, he has hit .288 (507×1762) with 262 runs, 99 doubles, 16 triples, 70 home runs, 318 RBI, 54 stolen bases, a .352 on-base percentage and a .481 slugging percentage in 461 games.

Powell, 22, was acquired by the Mariners as part of a six-player trade along with RHP Nathan Karns and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for 1B Logan Morrison, INF/OF Brad Miller and RHP Danny Farquhar on November 5. He hit .295 (131×444) with 66 runs scored, 16 doubles, 9 triples, 3 home runs, 40 RBI, 61 walks, 18 stolen bases and a .385 on-base percentage combined between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham in 2015. Powell began the season with Montgomery and was named to the 2015 Southern League All-Star team. Overall with the Biscuits, he hit .328 (78×238) with 44 runs scored, 6 doubles, 6 triples, 1 home run, 22 RBI, 29 walks, 11 stolen bases and a .408 on-base percentage in 61 games. At the time of his promotion to Durham on June 26, Powell ranked among the Southern League leaders in average (3rd, .328), hits (3rd, 78), runs scored, (T3rd, 44) and on-base percentage (4th, .408). Over 56 games with Durham, Powell hit .257 (53×206) with 22 run scored, 10 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs and 18 RBI.

Powell was originally selected by Oakland in the 20th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Orange Coast College. He was traded from the Athletics along with C John Jaso, INF Daniel Roberson and cash considerations to Tampa Bay in in exchange for SS Yunel Escobar and INF/OF Ben Zobrist on January 10, 2015. Over four seasons in the minor leagues, he batted .308 (333x1082ss) with 170 runs scored, 34 doubles, 17 triples, 6 home runs, 95 RBI, 163 walks and 53 stolen bases in 294 games.  In his career has a .401 on-base percentage, including a .451 on-base percentage in 2014 that was 2nd-best in the minor leagues.

Hultzen, 25, went 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA (3 ER, 8.0 IP) in 3 starts with AA Jackson. He began the season on the disabled list and was reactivated on May 1. He made 3 starts with Jackson before being placed on the disabled list on May 26 for the remainder of the season with a left rotator cuff strain. In four years (three seasons) in the Mariners organization, he was 14-9 with a 2.84 ERA (53 ER, 167.2 IP) with 186 strikeouts in 35 starts. He missed the entire 2014 season recovering from left shoulder surgery on Oct. 1, 2013 to clean up his labrum, a partial tear of the rotator cuff and repaired a capsule. Hultzen was selected by the Mariners in the first round (2nd overall) of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA).

The Mariners now have 10 days to trade, release or outright Hultzen’s contract to the minors.

Mariners Sign Franklin Gutierrez for 2016 Season


Given a chance to sign a veteran outfielder who can play both corner outfield spots, produce off the bench, mentor younger players and has proven to be on the upswing following a battle with illness, Jerry Dipoto didn’t hesitate.

Today Dipoto announced that he has re-signed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez (who was a free agent) to a 2016 contract. (See full release below).

Gutierrez, 32, had a bounce back season in 2015 after missing all of 2014 as he battled the effects of ankylosing spondylitis (AS, a form of chronic inflammation of the spine and of the sacroiliac joints). Gutierrez battled several injuries and AS during a three-season span from 2011-2013 that allowed him to appear in only 173 of 486 team games, while making six separate trips to the disabled list.

However, he rejoined the Mariners in spring training in 2015, and hit .317 (57×180) in 48 games with AAA Tacoma. After being recalled from the Rainiers on June 24, Guti hit .292 (50×171) with 27 runs, 11 doubles, 15 home runs and 35 RBI while posting a .620 slugging percentage. (His slugging percentage trailed only Bryce Harper among all players with 150 or more at bats last season). Gutierrez hit .309 (34×110) in his final 35 games (August 4-end of season) and his total 1 home run per every 11.4 at-bats was the second-best HR/AB ratio in the Majors (behind Giancarlo Stanton).


Mariners Claim RHP Cody Martin off Waivers

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has claimed right-handed pitcher Cody Martin off of waivers from the Oakland Athletics.

To make room on the Major League, 40-man, roster, Seattle has released right-handed pitcher Logan Kensing. The Mariners 40-man roster now stands at 40.

Martin, 26, who was acquired in a trade by Oakland from the Atlanta Braves on July 2, 2015, appeared 4 games, including 2 starts with the Athletics, going 0-2 with a 14.00 ERA (14 ER, 9.0 IP). Prior to joining the A’s on Sept. 1, Martin went 4-4 with a 5.10 ERA (34 ER, 60.0 IP) in 11 starts with Triple-A Nashville.

Martin was on the Braves Opening Day roster and went 2-3 with a 5.40 ERA (13 ER, 21.1 IP) in 21 relief appearances over two stints with Atlanta in his Major League debut. He also went 1-3 with 1 save, a 2.10 ERA and .198 opponents batting average in 7 games, including 6 starts, with Triple-A Gwinnett. Martin was originally selected by the Braves in the 7th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft and is 31-29 with a 3.24 ERA in 118 games, including 84 starts, in 5 minor league seasons.

Kensing, 33, went 2-1 with a 5.87 ERA (10 ER, 15.1 IP) in 19 relief appearances with Seattle this season. He also appeared in 19 games in his second season with Triple-A Tacoma, going 2-0 with 1 save and a 2.23 ERA (8 ER, 32.1 IP) after signing a minor league player contract with Seattle on May 13.

Roster Move – Taylor Recalled, Bloomquist DFA

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 22: Chris Taylor #1 of the Seattle Mariners turns a double play as Robinson Cano #22 looks on in the fifth inning during MLB game action as Danny Valencia #23 of the Toronto Blue Jays slides into second base on May 22, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Chris Taylor will join the Mariners for tonight’s game.

The Mariners made a roster move this afternoon adding infielder Chris Taylor to the 25-man roster. Utility infielder/outfielder Willie Bloomquist has been designated for assignment to open the roster spot.

Taylor, 24, will wear #1 and will be active for tonight’s series opener vs. the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum (7:07 pm).

This will be Taylor’s second stint with the Mariners this season, batting .159 (10×63) in 20 games from May 4-June 1. In 48 games with AAA Tacoma he hit .289 (56×194) with 9 doubles, 4 triples, 2 home runs, 16 RBI and was 13-for-17 stealing bases. In 47 games in the infield (SS – 36, 2B – 11) he made 6 errors in 200 total chances. In 27 games since returning to the Rainiers Taylor has hit .272 (31×114) with 4 doubles, 3 triples and recorded 7 stolen bases (.352 on-base pct).

Bloomquist, 37, has appeared in 35 games for the Mariners this season at 6 different positions: SS-7 G/5 GS, 1B-3 G/3 GS, LF-5 G/3 GS, 3B-5 G/2 GS, 2B-8 G/2 GS, RF- 2 G/1 GS. He is batting .159 (11×69) with 1 doubles and 4 RBI. This is Bloomquist’s 14th Major League season and second stint with the Mariners. The Port Orchard native has played in 622 games with Seattle (21st-most in club history) since making his Major League debut in 2002.

The Mariners active roster is the following:

Welcome to Seattle John Buck!

New Mariners Catcher John Buck

Veteran catcher John Buck signed with the Mariners today for the 2014 season.

Buck has combined to hit 63 home runs over the last four seasons (since 2010), 5th-most among Major League catchers behind Brian McCann (85), Matt Wieters (78), Carlos Santana (71) and J.P. Arencibia (64). Last season he appeared in 110 games with the New York Mets (101 G) and Pittsburgh Pirates (9 G). He was traded to Pittsburgh on Aug. 27 to join the Pirates for their postseason run.

In 10 Major League seasons he has appeared in 1,058 games and slugged 133 home runs. His 1,018 career games behind the plate (973 starts) are 5th-most among active catchers.

Veteran catcher John Buck signed with the Mariners today.

Veteran catcher John Buck signed with the Mariners today.

Here is the news release that went out today about his signing with Seattle:

Your Invitation to Spring Training is in the Mail

Infielder Chris Taylor is one of 19 non-roster players who has been invited to Spring Training.

Infielder Chris Taylor is one of 19 non-roster players who has been invited to Spring Training.

Well, sort of. Today, GM Jack Zduriencik officially announced the 15 organizational players that will participate in Major League Spring Training. This is in addition to the four minor league free agents who already received invitations (Matt Palmer, Cole Gillespie, Ramon Ramirez, Humberto Quintero) and the entire 40-man roster (see detailed roster).

The list of the 15 organizational players includes 2013 Mariners Minor League Player of the Year Chris Taylor and Relief Pitcher of the Year Carson Smith. Here is the full list:

ARIAS, Jonathan RHP
DOWD, Mike C
LEONE, Dominic RHP
QUINTERO, Humberto C

Career and 2013 highlights on each player can be found in the following document:

And here is the complete roster, which includes 59 players (40-man roster + 19 invitees):

Endy Chavez Signs With Mariners

Endy Chavez signed with the Mariners this morning as a minor league free agent.

Endy Chavez signed with the Mariners this morning as a minor league free agent.

The Mariners added a familiar face to their spring training roster today, signing outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league contract this morning. Endy will participate in Major League Spring Training over the next couple of days and will wear #9. He is on today’s lineup card and could see action against the Diamondbacks.

Mariners fans will or course remember Endy the Mariners Opening Day left fielder in 2009, but had his season cut short after suffering an ACL tear in his right knee in a collision with Yuniesky Betancourt. Chavez batted .273 (44×161) in 54 games with the Mariners before his season-ending knee injury.

And baseball fans will surely remember this catch by Endy in the 2006 NLCS vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the best in playoff history. Kind of a fun moment in the clubhouse this morning, Oliver Perez gave Endy (his former teammate) a big hug when he arrived in the clubhouse. Perez was the pitcher on the mound when Chavez leaped high above the left field fence to rob Scott Rolen of a home run.

Mariners Acquire Mike Morse From Nationals

Mike Morse has hit 65 doubles, 64 home runs and 198 RBI over the last three seasons with the Washington Nationals.

Mike Morse has hit 65 doubles, 64 home runs and 198 RBI over the last three seasons with the Washington Nationals.

Today the Mariners re-acquired slugging outfielder Mike Morse from the Washington Nationals, via a three-way trade that sent catcher John Jaso to the Oakland Athletics.

A lot of Mariners fans will remember Morse from his first go-around in a Mariners uniform from 2005-2008. Since he left Seattle, Morse has quietly became one of the best-kept secrets in baseball combining for 64 home runs and 198 RBI in 346 games over the last three seasons (2010-2012). In 2011, Morse hit .303 with 36 doubles, 31 home runs and 95 RBI. Those marks made him one of six players in the Majors to hit at least .300 with 30 doubles, 30 home runs and 90 RBI. The other five players were Miguel Cabrera, Matt Kemp, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Braun and Troy Tulowitzki.

Last season Morse missed the first two months of the season with a right lateral strain, but still managed to club 18 home runs and 62 RBI in 102 games.

And for those keeping track at home, Morse will wear #38 for the Mariners in 2013. RHP Jeremy Bonderman will switch to #32 when the club hits the field for spring training in Peoria.

Mariners select Oliver Perez; Option Steve Delabar

SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced today the following roster moves:

  • LHP Oliver Pérez selected from AAA Tacoma
  • RHP Steve Delabar optioned to AAA Tacoma
  • OF Chih-Hsien Chiang designated for assignment

The Mariners Major League 40-man roster remains full.

Pérez (#36) will be in uniform for tonight’s game vs. the Giants (7:10 pm) at Safeco Field.

Pérez, 30, was 2-2 with 1 save and a 4.65 ERA (16 ER, 31.0 IP) with 42 strikeouts in 22 relief appearances with Triple-A Tacoma. His 12.19 strikeouts per nine innings ratio led all Pacific Coast relievers (42 K, 31.0 IP). Pérez has not appeared in a Major League game since October 3, 2010 with the New York Mets.

Pérez is a veteran of nine Major League seasons with San Diego (2002-03), Pittsburgh (2003-06) and New York-NL (2006-10). He has a career record of 58-69 with a 4.63 ERA (572 ER, 1111.2 IP) with 628 strikeouts in 206 games including 195 starts. He did not appear at the Major League level in 2011.

Delabar, 28, returns to Tacoma after being recalled on June 13 and making one appearance with Seattle, 2.0 shutout innings on June 14 against San Diego. He was optioned to Tacoma on May 30 (post-game). He has appeared in 26 games with the Mariners this season, going 1-1 with a 4.78 ERA (14 ER, 26.1 IP). In four appearances with the Rainiers he allowed only one hit in 5.0 shutout innings.

Chiang, 24, has split the season between Triple-A Tacoma and Double-A Jackson where he combined to hit .242 (56×231) with 24 runs, 12 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 25 RBI in 59 games. Chiang was acquired from Boston on July 31, 2011 in exchange for LHP Erik Bedard and RHP Josh Fields.

Mariners Add RHP Stephen Pryor To Major League Roster

The Mariners have called up hard-throwing right-handed pitcher Stephen Pryor from Triple-A Tacoma. He joined the team in Chicago, and will be in uniform (#46) for tonight’s series opener vs. the White Sox.

Pryor, 22, is 0-0 with 9 saves and a 0.64 ERA (2 ER, 28.0 IP) in 21 relief appearances combined between AAA Tacoma (0 ER, 12.0 IP) and AA Jackson (2 ER, 16.0 IP) in 2012. He has limited opponents to a .121 (12×99) average, while walking 12 and striking out 39.

The 6-4, 245-pound right-hander currently leads all Mariners farmhands with 9 saves. After allowing 2 earned runs in his first appearance this season with Jackson on April 5 vs. Birmingham, he has not allowed an earned run in his last 27.0 innings (1 R), including 12.0 scoreless innings since his promotion to Tacoma on May 8. Since joining the Rainiers, opponents are 0-for-16 with runners on base, including 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Pryor was the Mariners 5th round selection in the 2010 June draft out of Cleveland State Community College (TN). He is 4-3 with 24 saves and a 2.87 ERA (36 ER, 113.0 IP) in 82 career minor league relief appearances.

To make room on the active 25-man roster, RHP Steve Delabar was optioned to AAA Tacoma post-game Wednesday. To create a spot on the 40-man roster, LHP George Sherrill was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Sherrill underwent ulnar collateral ligament (“Tommy John”) surgery on May 4, and recovery and rehabilitation from the surgery will prevent Sherrill from pitching again this season.

RHP Stephen Pryor was selected from AAA Tacoma today.

– JE


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