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.