There were several transactions within the Mariners organization over the weekend. Some were minor, some were more significant, but all could have some potentially interesting consequences down the road.
First and foremost, the Mariners have optioned both OF Carlos Peguero and RHP Josh Lueke to Tacoma, calling up RHP Dan Cortes from the Rainiers and activating 1B Justin Smoak from the bereavement list. Smoak had missed the last six days with the Mariners during their last homestand after the passing of his father, and will re-join the team tomorrow in Detroit. Cortes has been Tacoma’s closer so far this year, posting a 3.24 ERA over six games and 8 1/3 innings pitched. He gave up three runs on nine hits, posting a 9/4 strikeout to walk ratio and giving up one homer.
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Now we arrive on the first of two Mariners prospects on this list who are actually in the majors right now, and this one has already made a couple of positive contributions to the team:
13. Josh Lueke Continue reading
We go back to July 9th, 2010. Mariners fans wake up to flurries of rumors that the Yankees have made a strong offer for pitcher Cliff Lee centered around top hitting prospect Jesus Montero. Details start to emerge, and indications are that the Mariners are going to accept the offer… until news comes out that the M’s have declined the offer because one of the players the Yankees would be sending to Seattle has a medical issue that they’re concerned about.
From there, things got a little nuts. Rumors fly of other teams getting involved, and of the Yankees changing their offer. Eventually, the dust settles, and the Rangers stood atop the pile, having snagged Lee and reliever Mark Lowe from Seattle in exchange for four prospects. We all know the rest of the story from there, but the question is this: did the Mariners make the right call?
To help figure that out, we’ll look at the secondary pieces. In this first part, we’ll look at the more secondary players in the trade: Continue reading