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Byrnes gone, Wilson and Langehans up

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on May 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm with 8 Comments »
May 3, 2010 10:15 am

Waiting only a few hours after their third consecutive loss, the Seattle Mariners made four roster moves today aimed at giving manager Don Wakamatsu more options – and his offense more punch.

The Mariners released outfielder Eric Byrnes and replaced him on the 25-and 40-man roster with Tacoma outfielder and left-handed hitter Ryan Langerhans. The team also optioned rookie Matt Tuiasosopo to the Rainiers and brought up veteran infielder Josh Wilson.

The moves would allow the Mariners to start Langerhans in left field against right-handed pitching and move Milton Bradley to the designated hitter role while keeping veterans Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Sweeney on the bench as pinch-hitters.

And in Wilson, the team now has a true reserve shortstop behind Jack Wilson.

In the first month of the season, Byrnes batted .094 and didn’t endear himself to the team Friday night in an extra-inning loss by bringing his bat back on a suicide squeeze play that might have won the game.

Tuiasosopo played well in his few appearances but wasn’t going to get much more playing time – the Mariners infield is filled with regulars who rarely come out of games.

They won’t be the last roster moves made this season, but they signal a realization by general manager Jack Zduriencik that this is a Mariners offense in need of help.

“Matt Tuiasosopo is a 23-year-old kid that has a very nice future ahead of him,” Zduriencik said. “He earned the right to be on this club at beginning of year, but playing time and at bats are important to his development. He’s better off playing on an everyday basis at the AAA level, than being a bench player on the big league club, at this time

“With the other two moves we’ve added two veteran players that can play multiple positions and have big league experience. We look forward to their contributions. Eric Brynes is a tremendous competitor and a credit to baseball. We wish him only the best and expect him to land on his feet.”

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  1. IdahoVandalHawk says:

    Larry,

    I guess I’ll ask about the subject nobody wants to talk about – Cliff Lee’s future with the M’s. They will either sign him or trade him by the trade deadline right? I mean, they won’t let him walk in free agency at the end of the season. What do you think will happen?

  2. bhamfan says:

    These moves are only a bandaid. The M’s are in need of MUCH more! I like what the Seattle Times said about bringing Prince Fielder in. I fear that Safeco Field will humble any power hitter in the league.

  3. IKnowMoreThanYou says:

    If the M’s don’t sign Lee after this year, they get draft pics as compensation. I know some may say “big deal”, but this team is more than just one player away from being a contender. Draft picks are a way to build your farm system and organization as a whole.

  4. Good moves, but minimal impact moves also.

  5. westside_guy says:

    The impact these moves have will depend largely on Wak. If he just sits Langerhans and Wilson on the bench – essentially swapping them with Tui and Byrnes – then it’s not much of an upgrade. But, as Larry suggests, if Langerhans moves into left and Bradley becomes DH most of the time, it’s a noticable improvement. Langerhans hits at least as well as Griffey (yeah, I know, setting the bar low and all that) but plays defense significantly better than Bradley. So while it’s a small offensive boost, it’s a more significant defensive upgrade.

    Equally importantly, though, is this provides more flexibility to Wak. Tui is a nice guy and has shown offensive potential, but defensively he’s sucking out loud right now. Basically with him as the infield backup you have to hope the M’s win in the half-inning where he’s been swapped in – because if not, his defense makes it significantly more likely that we’ll lose the game if the ball comes anywhere near him. Also, on the days Bradley is playing left, it means a defensive improvement is available on the bench – and Langerhans is a capable defender in any outfield position (unlike Byrnes). Late-game moves do not cost us nearly as much as they did a couple days ago.

    In any case we’ll just have to wait and see how Wak uses these new tools. I swore off watching the M’s earlier this season (I know, no one really cares what I do), and don’t plan to tune in until I see that Wak is managing things differently. If he’s still running Junior and Sweeney out there in the middle of the order all the time, we’re going to continue our offensive malaise. In that case I’d rather just read the box scores after the fact – it’s too painful to watch them throw away decent pitching performances night after night.

  6. footballscaa says:

    Wrong two guys were moved. Griffey and Sweeney, no matter how much the media, fans and the team love them, have not shown they can still contribute in a major league game. They were on the fringe last year and after what appears to be a fluke spring for Sweeney, the team now is seemingly stuck with two guys that can’t play the field, or hit. It’s time to make some tough moves with the roster. Or, wait until June when the team gets tired of wasting the quality starts of the starters.

  7. if josh Wilson bats get going should be a good move

  8. According to Yahoo sports, Lee’s agent stated today that he will NOT be re-signing with the Mariners.

    Let the trade talks begin…………………..

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