Adam Moore wasn’t caught off guard when the “official” news of the Mariners signing catcher Miguel Olivo to a 2-year, $7 million broke this afternoon.
“I heard about it … a few times,” he said with a chuckle.
His agent kept him apprised of the situation and he also received a phone call from Mariners catching coordinator Roger Hansen.
“He just told me that they were signing Olivo and that it has nothing to do with me and not to dwell on it,” Moore said.
But even if he hadn’t received the warnings, Moore wouldn’t have been shocked to hear of the Mariners bringing in catching competition.
“I knew they were going to get somebody,” he said. “How many guys did we have play the position last year? And what did we did give them offensively?”
Well the Mariners had five guys see time at catcher. The quintet of Rob Johnson, Adam Moore, Josh Bard, Eliezer Alfonzo and Guillermo Quiroz all took turns behind the plate. As a group, they combined to hit .201 (109-for-541) with 10 homers and 42 RBI. The unit produced a .263 on-base percentage and a .303 slugging percentage with 43 walks, while striking out 146 times.
“None of us hit,” he said. “I wasn’t surprised by the move at all.”
He might not have been, but others have raised eye brows. It wasn’t so long ago – a year – that the Mariners talked of him as the catcher of the future.
Zduriencik was adamant that the organization has not given up on Moore after just 66 big league games and less than 300 at-bats.
“No, no, heck no,” he said. “You’re sitting here hoping, as I’ve said all week long, that guys are prepared to come in mentally. That guys are physically prepared to come in. That they get back to playing like who they are. That young guys grow up and veteran players settle in and be who they are.”
Said Moore: “I don’t believe they’ve given up on me. I have to earn it. They aren’t going to just give it to me.”
Moore believe he can be who he’s supposed to be – a good-hitting catcher.
“I know I have to perform offensively, that’s what it comes down to,” he said. “I’m a hitter. I’ve always been a hitter. And I’m going to hit.”
Moore hit .195 (40-for-205) with four homers and 15 RBI and .230 OBP and .285 slugging percentage in 60 games with the Mariners.
“It was just an unfortunate season,” he said. “I’m not dwelling on it at all. I know what I did last year isn’t me.”
Last year was a lost season. Just about the time Moore was starting to get comfortable at the big league level, he got hurt and was out for a month before being sent to Triple A. Once he was back, he struggled at times.
“I thought the last three weeks of the season, I started feeling a lot more comfortable,” he said. “I started turning it around at the plate and also defensively.”
And now he has a better idea of life in the big leagues.
“I know what to expect and I know what it takes,” he said. “I only have 60 some games, but those 60 games, I learned a ton.”
One thing he learned is that no position is guaranteed if you don’t produce, no matter how much of a prospect you are.
“It’s not going to change anything for me,” he said. “I’m going to continue work hard to earn that job in spring training. It’s not going to change my mindset. I can’t sit back and mope around. That’s never been me and never will be me. I’m going to bust my ass and get better.”