The Mariners announced a few roster moves this morning in advance of their game against Oakland. The team releases:
MARINERS RELEASE FIRST BASEMAN RICHIE SEXSON
OAKLAND, Calif. — Seattle Mariners Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Lee Pelekoudas announced today that the Mariners have released first baseman Richie Sexson.
"We felt that at this time it was in the best interest of the ballclub, and in Richie’s best interest, to make this move" Pelekoudas said.
The Mariners have not yet announced a corresponding move. Sexson, 33, was hitting .218 (55×272) with 8 doubles, 11 HR and 30 RBI in 74 games with Seattle this season.
Sexson was signed as a free agent by Seattle on Dec. 15, 2004, agreeing to a four-year contract. Sexson had over 30 doubles, over 30 homers and over 100 RBI in each of his first two seasons in Seattle. In his Mariners career, Sexson was a .244 hitter (447×1835) with 105 doubles, 105 home runs and 321 RBI in 509 games. His 105 home runs are ninth on the Mariners all-time list.
In his Major League career, Sexson is a .261 hitter with 259 doubles, 17 triples, 305 home runs and 937 RBI.
MARINERS RECALL RHP JARED WELLS, SELECT INF TUG HULETT FROM AAA TACOMA
Place Left-Handed Pitcher Erik Bedard on 15-day Disabled List, Retroactive to July 5.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Seattle Mariners Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Lee Pelekoudas announced today that the Mariners have recalled right-handed pitcher Jared Wells, and selected
the contract of infielder Tug Hulett from Triple-A Tacoma.
The Mariners also announced today that they have placed left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 5, with stiffness in his left shoulder. Bedard will be eligible on July 20.
Bedard, who has not pitched since tossing 5.0 innings on July 4, was not scheduled to pitch until after the All-Star Break.
"We felt placing Bedard on the disabled list gave us some extra flexibility over the next week," Pelekoudas said. "It doesn’t change when he would next pitch, and it allows Jim (Riggleman) to have an extra arm in the bullpen."
Wells, 26, was acquired by Seattle from San Diego in exchange for RHP Cha Seung Baek on May 21 of this season. Wells was 0-2, 4.41 with 6 saves in 16 relief appearances with the Rainiers since joining the club after the trade.
Wells has allowed just 2 earned runs in his last 8 games (8.0 IP). He made his Major League debut with the Padres this year, appearing in two games and not recording a decision. Wells had nine saves with AAA Portland, allowing 19 hits in 20.0 innings pitched while compiling a 1-1 mark.
In 2007, he spent the full season with Portland. After beginning the season in the starting rotation, he moved to the bullpen fulltime on June 8. Beginning June 8, he was 2-1 with 9 saves and a 2.93 ERA (14 ER / 43.0 IP) in 37 games. Wells did not allow a home run in 43.0 relief innings. He did not allow a run in his final 15 outings (Aug. 6-Sept. 3) converting seven consecutive save opportunities over that span.
Hulett, 25, was acquired by Seattle from Texas in exchange for INF Ben Broussard on Dec. 12, 2007. When he appears in a game, he will be making his Major League debut. He is the son of former Major League infielder Tim Hulett. In 71 games with AAA Tacoma he was hitting .302 (79×262) with 17 doubles, 9 homers and 32 RBI.