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.
Here is the news release that went out today about his signing with Seattle:
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:
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):
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.
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.
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.
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.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced today that outfielder Mike Carp, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder since March 29, has been recalled from his rehabilitation assignment at AAA Tacoma, and activated from the 15-day disabled list. Catcher Miguel Olivo has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin.
Carp, 25, will be in uniform (#20) and available for today’s (4:10 PT) game at the Tampa Bay Rays.
Carp began his rehab assignment with AAA Tacoma on April 13. In 13 games with the Rainiers, Carp hit .137 (7-for-51) with 2 doubles and 4 RBI.
Carp was diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder on March 29. He suffered the injury diving for a Kurt Suzuki double in the fourth inning on March 28 in the Japan Opening Series against Oakland. Carp remained in the game and was examined after the game.
In 2011 Carp was selected by MLB.com as Mariners Breakout Player of the Year, was named to Baseball America’s All-Rookie team, along with Dustin Ackley and was listed amongst AL rookie leaders in several offensive categories including Grand Slams (1, T1st), Slugging (.466, 2nd), Batting Average (.276, 4th), RBI (46, 4th), Home Runs (12, T4th), Extra Base Hits (30, 6th) and On-base Percentage (.326, 6th). He appeared in 79 games at 4 positions: 1B – 34 G/30 GS, LF – 27 G/26 GS, DH – 19 G/GS, RF – 1 G/0 GS.
Olivo, 33, was injured in the 9th inning of last night’s 3-2 loss at Tampa Bay, fielding a ball between the mound and home plate. He was in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak during which he batted .333 (11-for-33) with 3 home runs (including one last night) and 4 RBI.
For the season, Olivo was hitting .210 (17-for-81) with 2 doubles, 4 homers and 7 RBI. He had started 19 of the teams first 24 games behind the plate.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced today that catcher Adam Moore, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a fracture in the third metacarpal in his right wrist since March 28 (retroactive to March 24), will begin his rehabilitation assignment tonight at AAA Tacoma.
Moore, 27, is catching and batting fifth in the Tacoma Rainiers season opener.
He is eligible to come off the disabled list on April 8th.
Moore was struck on the right wrist while blocking a pitch on March 6 vs. the Cincinnati Reds. He finished the game (2-for-2 with a double and 2 RBI) and iced the wrist after the game. He arrived at the ballpark March 7 and determined pain remained in the wrist, and it inhibited his ability to swing. An x-ray exam that day revealed a fracture in the third metacarpal in his right wrist.
Moore appeared in two games with the Mariners in 2011 batting .167 (1×6) with a double. He left the game April 6, 2011 at Texas with an injured right knee. He was placed on the 60-day DL on April 7 and underwent arthroscopic surgery April 12 to repair a medial meniscus tear.
The Mariners had to set their 25-man roster today, moving from the 28-roster allowed in Japan. To move from 28 players to 25, Seattle has optioned the following players over the last two days to Triple-A Tacoma:
- RHP Shawn Kelley
- OF Carlos Peguero
- LHP Charlie Furbush
Here is a look at the Major League roster heading into the two-game series starting in Oakland on Friday night:
And Opening Day rosters were also announced today for the Mariners four full-season minor league squads: AAA Tacoma, AA Jackson, A High Desert and A Clinton:
The four minor league affiliates open the 2012 season tomorrow: the Rainers (AAA) host Salt Lake in Tacoma, the Generals (AA) host Birmingham in Jackson, the Mavericks (A) host Lancaster in Adelanto, the LumberKings host Burlington in Clinton.
TOKYO, Japan. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the following roster moves:
- OF Mike Carp placed on 15-day disabled list.
- OF Carlos Peguero recalled from AAA Tacoma.
Carp, 25, was diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder. He suffered the injury diving for a Kurt Suzuki double in the fourth inning last night. Carp remained in the game and was examined after the game. Carp will be re-evaluated upon the Mariners return to Arizona.
Peguero, 25, accompanied the team to Japan as part of the 30-man roster but was optioned to AAA Tacoma March 27 (Tuesday) to get the Mariners to an Opening Day 28-man roster.
For more information is also available online at www.Mariners.com.