New Signings For Mariners, But Not For Seattle

The Mariners signed Ryan Langerhans to a Triple A contract and he will play in Tacoma. Why?


In 98 games over two seasons Langerhans hit .207. He does not hit, has little to no power and adds nothing to the organization.


Why do the M’s even bother with him? I fail to see what Trader Jack sees in this guy. I didn’t get it two years ago and am more perplexed than ever. Tacoma needs players, but is this the best they can get?


They also signed Royce Bing, who has pitched 68 innings over five seasons with a 5.29 e.r.a. Bing is destined for Tacoma as is catcher Chris Gimenez who has played 73 games for Cleveland the last two seasons hitting .160.


Rainier fans can feel the excitement in their toes.


Catcher Rob Johnson has been designated for assignment so Jack Cust can be added to the 40 man roster. Johnson played parts of four seasons with Seattle, 161 games, a .200 batting average and numerous trips to the backstop chasing passed balls.


They have ten days to trade him or release him. I doubt a trade could be made, so even if they release him, they can sign him to a Tacoma contract.  


My guess, since he can’t hit, is that he will fit in nicely in Tacoma.


The Mariners also signed Denny Bautista, a right handed relief pitcher, who pitched 33.2 innings with the Giants, posting a .374 e.r.a.


At least Bautista could help in Seattle.


I know these players with be Rainiers, but they are also the ones who get call ups because of injuries. And that is scary.


One comment

  1. raysrenegade

    Ryan Langerhans did a great job of plugging a hole in LF after Bradley’s situation in 2010. The problem was he did not use that extra time to convience the M’s that he could be a 162 game asset to the team, but was a stop gap in case of injury.
    Maybe this Spring he might just get into a groove and finally materialize into a player that Seattle needs on their roster.
    If not, he is only minutes away in Tacoma if a game day decision rules out a M’s outfielder.
    Depth is always a good thing, but depth that can hit major league pitching is becoming rare for some reason.

    Rays Renegade

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