Mike Curto of the Tacoma Rainiers announced on Wednesday afternoon that 36 Mariners minor leaguers have opted for free agency, six more than any other organization.
Mariners Minor League Free Agents Revealed; Two Rainiers Re-Sign For 2018 https://t.co/9CHO2yhREv— Tacoma Rainiers (@RainiersLand) November 8, 2017
You can find the list in its entirety above, but some of the most notable among those who opted to test the minor league free agent waters are:
- UTIL Shawn O’Malley
- RHP Casey Lawrence, RHP Evan Marshall, RHP Ryne Harper, RHP Micah Owings, RHP Dylan Unsworth, and LHP Dean Kiekhefer
- C Steve Baron, C Tyler Marlette, C Marcus Littlewood, C Yojhan Quevedo
- OF Kyle Waldrop
The two big surprises here are 1) the Mariners incredibly weak catching depth in the system somehow just got even worse and 2) Dylan Unsworth, formerly a promising prospect, may be ticketed for a new ballclub
You can expect that many of the 36 now-free agents will sign a new deal with the M’s, but there is some organizational shakeup to be expected.
Also worthy of note is that the Mariners re-signed C Tuffy Gosewisch and UTIL Danny Muno.