I’m on my blackberry but here’s the release
SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that the Mariners have acquired third baseman Jack Hannahan from the Oakland A’s in exchange for minor league right-hander Justin Souza.Hannahan will be in uniform and available for tonight’s 7:10 game versus the Texas Rangers. Seattle will have to make one other roster move prior to tonight’s game.
“We had the opportunity to acquire a premium defensive player who swings a left-handed bat,” Zduriencik said. “Jack will become part of our mix at third base. He’s a great make-up guy, and a well above average defensive third baseman.”
Hannahan, 29, appeared in 52 games with the A’s this season, and was hitting .193 (23×119) with 6 doubles, 2 triples and 1 home run. Hannahan started the season with the A’s but was optioned to AAA on April 4. He returned to the big leagues on April 24 where he remained until June 29. In 21 games with the Sacramento River Cats (AAA – Pacific Coast League), Hannahan was hitting .222 (18×81) with 7 doubles, 2 home runs and 11 RBI.
Last season Hannahan ranked second among American League third basemen in fielding. He made his Major League debut in 2006 when he appeared in three games for Detroit and hit .278 in 41 games with Oakland in 2007. Hannahan led the International League with a .422 on-base percentage at Toledo in 2007. He was originally a third-round draft pick of the Tigers in 2001.
In his Major League career, he’s appeared in 239 games with Detroit (2006) and Oakland (2007-09), hitting a combined .223 with 13 home runs.Souza, 23, spent this season with Double A West Tenn in the Southern League. He compiled a mark of 6-6, 3.35 in 20 games, 14 starts, with the Diamond Jaxx.