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Perez up, Delabar down and Chiang designated

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm with 7 Comments »
June 16, 2012 3:22 pm

Three quick moves by the Seattle Mariners, who brought left-handed reliever Oliver Perez to the big leagues, sent right-hander Steve Delabar to Tacoma and designated outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang for assignment so Perez could be added to the 40-man roster.

The 30-year-old Perez is a strikeout specialist capable of going an inning or more out of the bullpen. In 22 appearances for Tacoma, he worked 31 innings – and struck out 42 batters. He was 2-2 with a save and a 4.65 earned run average as a Rainier.

Chiang, 24, spent time in AA and AAA this season, and was one of the players acquired in last year’s trade of Erik Bedard to Boston. In 59 games overall, batted .242 with three home runs and 24 RBI.

Why the moves? We’ll find out in an hour or so, when we get access to Eric Wedge.

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  1. A friend on a national board posted the following about the Perez move & the M’s (the op is not from or living in Washington)

    “Sorry moo but………

    “Oliver Perez back in major leagues” (ESPN article snipped)

    Seattle must be in sorrier shape that I could have imagined to to this.”

  2. wabubba67 says:

    Not sure why they DFAed Chiang so early in his career?!?

    One of the first things that Chris Gwynn did when hired was compliment Chiang by claiming that he had perhaps the best looking swing of all of the current minor leaguers.

    I saw Chiang play a bunch this fall in the AZ Fall League and he was a line drive hitting machine from foul line to foul line. He hit, I think, a little over .300 against good competition down here, had adequate range (needed to improve his route to balls) with a great arm.

    Just guessing that Jackson, TN may not be the easiest place to make a cultural transition for a player that doesn’t speak much (if any) English. That should be taken into account regarding his slow start this year.

    Unless there is more to the story that is not publicly known, I think that this is a move that may come back to haunt the Mariners a little bit.

  3. bbnate420 says:

    Wabubba67, another Shin Soo Choo?

    Definitely makes the Fister deal look even worse than it already did. Surprised moo didn’t mention it. Shockingly, Furry Bush is the best player we got from the deal so far!

  4. We actually won a freakin game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. wabubba67 says:

    bbnate,

    Chiang was a part of the Bedard deal (also brought Trayvon Robinson from the Dodgers).

    Seems strange that we have let go of two Korean players (I believe Chiang is Korean if not Chinese) fairly easily over the last few years. Korea and China tend not to have the best historical relationship with Japan…hmmm……

  6. I hate to even consider agreeing, but from personal experience my Cambodian step mother hates Thai & Vietnamese people. I really hope Nintendo hasn’t stooped that low.

  7. bbnate420 says:

    wabubba67, you’re right. I don’t know what I was thinking.

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