With the expansion of major league rosters today, the Seattle Mariners shored up their bullpen by adding RHP Shawn Kelley and LHP Cesar Jimenez, then put Chris Jimenez on their bench as a third catcher.
The cost? To put Jimenez on the 40-man roster, Seattle parted company with 25-year-old Matt Tuiasosopo, a Northwest athlete with much promise but little production in his years with the organization. Tuiasosopo was released.
“I liked some things I saw in ‘Tui’ this spring and had a nice talk with him before he went to Tacoma,” manaer Eric Wedge said. “For whatever reason, he didn’t take advantage of the opportunitiy. He never got himself going.”