Mariners Bullpen Getting Younger, Add Ruffin

Chance Ruffin, a 22 year old prospect from the Tigers, was the player to be named later in the trade with the Tigers which brought in Charlie Furbush and Casper Wells.

He debuted Wednesday night pitching a perfect 8th inning and strikng out Jose Bautista. He had previously pitched 3.2 innings for the Tigers earlier this season.

Not the big type of pitcher the Mariners have been adding of late. He is 6 feet, 180, but has good minor league numbers.

Between AA and AAA this season he posted  2.03 ERA with 19 saves.

To make room for Ruffin the Mariners designated veteran Aaron Laffey for assignment. They have 10 days to trade, release, or outright his contract to the minor leagues. Laffey joins Chris Ray as the latest veterans to walk the plank of the good ship Mariner so younger players can be added.

Ray was let go so 1st round pick Danny Hultzen could be added to the 40 man roster. He gets a chance to make the team in spring training.

The Mariners are doing the right thing, getting young pitchers and building.  Cortes is 24, Furbush 25, Lueke 26, Pineda 22, and Beavan 22. They should blend in well with League, 28, King Felix, 25, Jeff Gray, 29. But one wonders if Jamey Wright at 36 is hearing footsteps. He may be next  to go in the youth movement. 

It is a new crew on the good ship Mariner. Not all may become seaworthy, but win or lose, the Mariners are doing the right thing.


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