The Mariners added four players – pitcher Logan Bawcom, 1B/DH Ji-Man Choi, OF James Jones and OF Stefen Romero – to their 40-man roster. These transactions give the Mariners 38 players.
Teams had until Wednesday night to add players to their roster that they wanted to keep out of December’s Rule 5 draft, when other teams would have a chance to select them.
Bawcom, 25, led all Mariners minor leaguers with 21 saves, ranking fifth in the Pacific Coast League. The right-handed pitcher went 1-4 with a 2.91 ERA in 51 appearances. Over the last two seasons Bawcom has recorded 47 saves, second-most among all minor leaguers (Jose Valdez, Detroit, 48 saves).
Choi, 22, combined to bat .295 with 36 doubles, six triples, 18 home runs and 85 RBI in 122 games with High-A High Desert (48 games), Double-A Jackson (61 games) and Triple-a Tacoma (13 games). He was one of only 20 minor league players to record at least 60 extra base hits during the 2013 season. Choi was selected as a midseason California League All-Star and played for the World squad in the All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field in New York.
Jones, 25, spent a majority of the 2013 with Double-A Jackson batting .275 with 44 runs scored, 14 doubles, 10 triples (most in the Southern League), six home runs, 45 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 101 games.
Romero, 25, batted .277 with 23 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs and 74 RBI in 93 games with Triple-A Tacoma. He also set a Rainiers franchise record with three grand slams. He concluded the season playing for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League where he hit a pair of home runs in the annual Rising Stars Game. Romero was the Mariners 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, and over the last two seasons ranks 10th among all minor leaguers with 177 RBI.