Handy primer of Dipoto’s roster moves

It’s getting past the point where we need a scorecard to keep up with the fast-and-furious series of roster moves Jerry Dipoto has made since taking over as Mariners general manager, which now total nine trades and four free-agent signings after Wednesday’s deal for Adam Lind. So here you go:

TRADES

Nov. 5 – SS Brad Miller, 1B baseman Logan Morrison and RH reliever Danny Farquhar to Rays for RH starter Nathan Karns, LH reliever C.J. Riefenhauser and OF Boog Powell.

Nov. 12 –RH Enyel De Los Santos and infielder Nelson Ward to Padres for RH reliever Joaquin Benoit.

Nov. 16 – RH reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, OF James Jones and infielder Patrick Kivlehan to Rangers for CF Leonys Martin and RH reliever Anthony Bass.

Nov. 20 – OF Ramon Flores to Brewers for infielder Luis Sardinas.

Dec. 2 – 1B Mark Trumbo and LH reliever C.J. Riefenhauser to Orioles for C/1B Steve Clevenger.

Dec. 4 – RH reliever Jose Ramirez to Braves for PTBN and cash.

Dec. 7 – RH reliever Carson Smith and LH starter Roenis Elias to Red Sox for LH starter Wade Miley and RH reliever Jonathan Aro.

Dec. 8: RH reliever Trey Cochran-Gill to A’s for RH reliever Evan Scribner.

Dec. 9: RH pitchers Daniel Missaki, Carlos Herrera and Freddy Peralta to Brewers for 1B Adam Lind.

FREE AGENT SIGNINGS

LF Franklin Gutierrez (re-signed)
C Chris Iannetta (Angels)
RH reliever Justin De Fratus (Phillies)
OF Nori Aoki (Giants)

MINOR LEAGUE SIGNINGS

RH starter Donn Roach (Cubs)
OF Mike Baxter

ROSTER CLAIMS

OF Daniel Robertson (Angels)
1B Andy Wilkins (Orioles – since DFA’d)

LOST

RH  Hisashi Iwakuma (Dodgers signed)
LH Edgar Olmos (Cubs claimed)
C John Hicks (Twins claimed)

3 Comments

Pretty potent projected lineup with Lind on board but there is still an offensive hole in CF. Any chance the front office will consider opening the wallet to get Heyward?

Wouldn’t John Jaso have been a better choice for catcher? He and Chris Iannetta are the same age, but Jaso’s stats, last years .286/.380./459, career .263/.361/.406, certainly seem better than Iannetta’s .188/.293/.335 and .231/.351/.405. Not only that, when Jaso played for the Mariners in 2012, he went .276/.394/.456. Is Jaso’s arm sore? Does Iannetta call a better game? Could it be because of budgetary reasons? Iannetta played for Dipoto in Anaheim the last four years. Could that be it?

A couple things there, Mike. For one, Jaso has had trouble with concussions in recent years. He didn’t play catcher at all last year and I’m not sure if he’s even going to be behind the plate again in his future. He’s mostly a DH option now and he played some outfield last year for the Rays. Even in his prime, he wasn’t regarded as a real good defensive catcher, but was a good platoon candidate as a solid left-handed hitter. But again, there’s a problem. Even if Jaso could catch, the Mariners are really left-handed leaning and would prefer their primary catcher be right-handed to help balance that a bit. Jaso isn’t an every-day option anyway, but even if he was, look at his splits against left-handed pitchers. He’s never been good there and isn’t close to Iannetta on that stat line, if you want to compare numbers. With Iannetta, they’ve got a guy who can catch 100-120 games a year, helps balance the left-leaning lineup, will be solid behind the plate and has a career on-base percentage of .351 (which is an area they’re really focusing on improving). This wasn’t about budget. It was about getting a guy who can catch 110-120 games a year. Even in prime, Jaso wasn’t doing that because he’s such a platoon-dependent player and unfortunately, health issues make that all a moot point now.

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