Heading towards the July 31 trade deadline in 2006 the Seattle Mariners once again were sellers and traded a young, but promising, outfielder to the Cleveland Indians.
Shin-Soo Choo had made little impression on the Mariner brain trust and like many of their young players, they gave up on him, getting Ben Broussard in return. This is actually lack of brain trust.
Ben did not last long as a Mariner, in fact, did not last long in the majors, but Choo became a star.
This year the Mariners received young 20-year-old Chih-Hsien Chiang from the Red Sox as part of the Eric Bedard trade.
If Chiang made the team in the next two years and if Choo was still here, along with Ichiro, they would have had an outfield with players from Japan, Korea, and China. An all Asian outfield; imagine the Mariner marketing machine gearing up for those bobble heads.
But to the present there have been many roster moves. On the plus side are Casper Wells and Charlie Furbush, replacing Fister and Pauley; Seager replacing Chone Figgins who went on the DL; Jack Cust designated for assignment when Bedard was activated; Aaron Laffey was sent to Tacoma, Dan Cortes brought up, but Laffey recalled when Chris Ray went on the DL; and Tom Wilhelmsen and Josh Lueke are up as well.
The Mariner have played musical chairs with the starting lineup all season, with players moving in and out, depending on who recently had a hit; this past week the musical chairs extended to the roster. Baring any more injuries they may or may not be set, depending on any waiver trades.
But come September more rookie call ups are expected, one being Treyvon Robinson whom they got in the Bedard trade. He is currently in Tacoma.
Here’s to you Mr. Robinson
The Mariners swept Oakland, have won three straight and now must win 14 in a row, to make up for that July swoon.