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Mariners trade Alex Liddi to the Orioles

Post by Ryan Divish on July 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm with 8 Comments »
July 6, 2013 2:12 pm
AP file photo
AP file photo

The Mariners have traded third baseman/first baseman Alex Liddi and their international signing slot No. 3 for the Orioles’ international signing slot No. 2.

Liddi is reportedly headed for the Orioles’ Triple A affiliate in Norfolk.

Liddi, 24, has appeared in 8 games with the Mariners this season (.059/1×17), spending most of the season with AAA Tacoma. With the Rainiers he is batting .263 (63×240) with 11 home runs and 43 RBI. Liddi was originally signed by the Mariners as an international free agent on Sept. 9, 2005. The native of Sanremo, Italy is the first Italian-born and developed player to appear in a Major League game.

This basically gives the Mariners more money to spend on the international free agent market.

Liddi was designated for assignment when the Mariners called up Brad Miller. The team had 10 days to either release, trade or outright Liddi. With the Orioles likely to claim him off of waivers, the Mariners picked up some more money on the international market instead.

This is the first year of the new international slotting system. It’s a product of the new collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the players’ union   reached two years ago.

Ben Badler of Baseball America did a great job explaining it in this piece. 

And from Mr. Badler …

The Orioles seem to like Mariners’ cast offs. They recently traded for outfielder Eric Thames after he was designated for assignment.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. Quinault says:

    In theory he could join Adam Jones(depending on how he hits at Norfolk or the Orioles injury situation). I wish him well, but I have his WBC jersey I wanted him to sign at the next Rainiers game I am going to. Darn.

  2. guiltybystander says:

    I hate to see a guy with power who can play multiple positions like Liddi go, but it’s pretty obvious the Mariners have no more plans for him than they did for Morse when they traded him to Washington. At least Alex might get a decent shot with Baltimore.

    Who knows? The Rangers gave up on Chris Davis (another corner infielder with a longball bat) and look how he’s done for the Orioles.

  3. wabubba67 says:

    $73,700? I guess that’s better than a bag of batting practice baseballs (a deal that I would have been happy with).

  4. bbnate420 says:

    You never know if someone will figure it out, but he’s basically the Carlos Peguero of the infield.

  5. dakineinthemuk says:

    …figures..another x-mariner is created…nice short porch in baltimore…matter of time….ever keep track of tui in tiger town…what happened there, you ask…he got a chance…curr hitting 338 with tigers…alex “buona fortuna”…

  6. wabubba67 says:

    Ever keep track of Justin Leone? (Neither do I.)

  7. Let’s not rewrite history. I liked Tui as much as anyone. He was a gamer, who played hard. But he also didn’t hit. The Mets gave up on him after the Mariners did as well. He was hitting .226 at Tacoma .. in the PCL before being DFA’d.

    It’s good that he’s having success in Detroit. He’s also having it under optimal conditions. That .338 average is on just 88 plate appearances. That’s not the largest sample size. He’s a part time player having success. That’s his role. But let’s not romanticize him into something he’s not.

  8. Alex is kind of blocked by that kid named Machado at third for about the next 10 years, and that Davis guy you mentioned has him blocked at first. I like Alex. I think he works hard and is improving. He does have some power. Hopefully he finds success in Norfolk

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