Mariners made some moves over the break. Sean White took his inflated e.r.a. to Tacoma where he will try to figure how to get batters out. Chad Cordero would have joined him, but he opted to become a free agent and has disappeared into baseball limbo.
The Mariners signed Jamey Wright, a 35 year old journeyman pitcher, who is with his eighth team in fifteen years bringing his 83-117 record with him. He joins 36 year old Brian Sweeney as ancient Mariner relievers. They also brought up pitcher Chris Seddon who last pitched in the majors in 2007 with Florida allowing 17 runs in 17.1 innings. But he is only 26 and has miles to go before he sleeps or goes to limbo land
But what is of interest is who the Mariners may call up in September, as three players were called up from double AA West Tennessee to Tacoma. One is former number one draft pick Dustin Ackley, 22, who since May 12 is batting .305.
They also promoted two pitchers. Edward Paredes, 23, a left hander, who was 2-1 with three saves and a 3.63 e.r.a.. In 35 innings he struck out 34 and walked 16. Anthony Varvaro, 25, is a right hander and was 1-3 with 9 saves and a 3.20 e.r.a. In 39 innings he struck out 46 and walked 21.
These three may get that September look see as well as a few more minor leaguers.
Justin Smoak who has homered in each of the last two games, one from the left side and one from the right side, is showing the potential that could make him the Mariner first baseman for years to come.
So the team is beginning to be reshaped. We shall see what else Trader Jack has in store as the trading deadline approaches.