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Mariners call up three, jettison Tuiasosopo

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Sep. 1, 2011 at 5:39 pm with 7 Comments »
September 1, 2011 5:39 pm
Matt Tuiasosopo

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.”

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  1. JZombie says:

    Really not sure what the organization sees in Cesar Jimenez. Can’t claim this with any certainty, but every time I recall him pitching in the bigs, he got lit up. Can’t seem to find his numbers though.

  2. footballscaa says:

    It was about time to let go of the Tuiasosopo dream. He had many chances. It’s good to see the team making some wise moves as this season closes.

  3. hooks21 says:

    Too bad……always rooting for the local guy to make it big. If things were different, I wish he would have had more of a chance to play…….kind of like Carp, when he finally got that day to day chance, he performed. With that said, I like the direction the team is going, focusing on long term solutions………utility guys are important to fill holes, but we already have Kennedy for that. Here’s to next season…..may it be a build from the work started these last few weeks. Team is much more enjoyable to watch.

  4. I’m told Tuiasosopo was one of the best, most likable young people around the team. Of course, that doesn’t make him a good ballplayer. But maybe he’s a bit slower developing along the lines of Mike Morse. I hope he catches on somewhere.

    Is Adam Kennedy on a multi-year contract? If not, I’d guess his return isn’t written in stone. No disputing every club needs a few veterans to show the way, and Kennedy is one of the best at making do with what he has. We’ll see.

  5. Tui was only hitting around .230 in the PCL. It was time to let go of him.

  6. @timeout imo the issue with Morse in Seattle was we never gave him the consistent playing time to show what he was capable of. Thank goodness they’re not making that mistake with the young players today (other than the possible exception of Mike Wilson).

  7. gtcbob01 says:

    Morse was always a good hitter and was doing great in his last call up to Seattle until he got hurt. Somebody in the organization didn’t like him for some reason that I could never figure out.

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