A little bit of news before today's day game, as word came out that the M's have recalled Danny Farquhar at the expense of Rickie Weeks.
Weeks represents another failed experiment for Jack Z, albeit a pretty harmless one since he cost the team just $2MM. Signed in the off-season as a platoon mate for Dustin Ackley in left field (while occasionally spelling Logan Morrison at first as well), Weeks didn't display anything close to the kinds of numbers at the plate you'd normally see from him, slashing just .167/.263/.250 with two homers in 95 plate appearances. It was an interesting idea to move a lifetime second baseman to the corner outfield (something
they've never tried before they do pretty often) but his hitting numbers didn't translate enough for the defensive flaws to be worth it.
Weeks had mostly been seeing time as a pinch hitter lately, often in pretty crucial situations. A rough night from Felix required the presence of another reliever on the roster and Weeks was the casualty this time. However, it appears another move is likely on the horizon:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mariners are unlikely to stay with an 8-man bullpen going into the interleague series in San Francisco.</p>— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) <a href="https://twitter.com/RyanDivish/status/609770775046811648">June 13, 2015</a></blockquote>
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With a bench consisting of Willie Bloomquist, Dustin Ackley, and Jesus Sucre for the remainder of the Houston series, a right-handed outfield bat is likely coming up before the San Francisco series. Possible options for that role include Stefen Romero (.289/.349/.495 in Tacoma) and Franklin Gutierrez (.331/.423/.520) while left-handed hitting James Jones (.265/.340/.365) is also a possibility. The Mariners could also call up Chris Taylor again and start over with the Brad Miller experiment in the outfield. There are many possibilities at play here.
It'll be interesting to see where the M's go from here. They've got a game coming up here pretty soon though, so enjoy and go M's.