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Mariners option Greg Halman to Triple A Tacoma, release Jack Cust

Post by Ryan Divish on Aug. 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm with 2 Comments »
August 4, 2011 12:16 pm

The Mariners have optioned the struggling Greg Halman to Triple A Tacoma. They will make a corresponding roster move before Friday’s game.

The Mariners will add a player, likely an outfielder on Friday. The  list of choices would be Carlos Peguero, Wily Mo Pena and the recently signed Trayvon Robinson.

Don’t be surprised when they call up the speedy Robinson. Here’s a story I wrote on him yesterday.

Halman, 23, hit .230 (20-for-87) in 30 games with the Mariners after his recall from Tacoma on June 2. Halman made starts at all three outfield positions with the Mariners: LF 29 G (15 GS), CF 8 G (8 GS), RF 1 G (1 GS). He had back-to-back 3-hit games June 5 and 6, his first two big league games of the year.

Halman was just 2 for his last 28 with with a homer and 12 strikeouts. In 30 games, he struck out 32 times in 87 at-bats. Playing every few days isn’t helping Halman and with the acquisition of Casper Wells, his playing time will only decrease. It’s better for him to go to Triple A and play every day.

Also in another move, the team officially released Jack Cust. They had designated him for assignment. And since no one claimed him off waivers, they could either outright him to Tacoma or release him. They chose to release him.

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  1. guiltybystander says:

    Letting Cust go is understandable. He just wasn’t producing the way you expect a veteran DH to produce.

    On the other hand, jacking Halman around does nothing to build his confidence. This is a young player with some potential to be a decent everyday player at the MLB level, but you’d never know it the way he’s been handled this season. He’s brought up in June, gets off to a good start, cools down, starts pressing and voila! Back to Tacoma with you! How long will it be before they shuttle Robinson back to AAA when he doesn’t hit .300.

    This is a lost season. I don’t think anyone disputes the notion that the Mariners are NOT going to suddenly catch fire and get back into contention in September. So why are Zduriencik and/or Wedge playing yo-yo with the prospects that they both claim are the future of the Mariners? Do they honestly think Halman, Peguero, Seager, et al, are going to develop into real major leaguers by keeping them unsettled and never sure what their role is with the M’s (if any) by sitting them or sticking them back in the minors?

    Bring the kids up, let them play (every day) and let’s see what they can do at the MLB level. Why carry your cards that close to your vest when you have nothing to lose?

  2. The problem with calling up Robinson & even to a lesser degree Pena (unless FG is history) is what’s the point of bringing a hot prospect up to sit ? The quality youngsters need to be PLAYING DAILY. They’re not going to sit Ichiro, Wells is producing & they’d be crazy to sit Carp.

    I guess putting FG on the DL would be an option if Robinson can play Center, or Ichiro could be moved back to center with Wells/Carp/Robinson rotating between LF, RF & DH.

    I was thinking earlier there is one good thing about the losing: as there is no way in the world we’re going to make the playoffs, let’s get the highest draft pick possible.

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