Back on Monday, Grant and I took a look at the M’s 2016 usage of the 40-man roster post-September call-ups and speculated about some potential 2017 additions. Today—amongst a flurry of other roster moves—many of those guys were acivated:
No big shocker here, although it was a little surprising to see Moore return to the big league roster to ride out the season. It remains to be seen how often he’ll be used, but it stands to reason that any appearances for him would be out of the bullpen, as his appearance in Tacoma last evening was.
Losing Sam Gaviglio likely shouldn’t have a huge immediate impact in and of itself, however, the trickle down effect on the starting pitching depth for 2018 takes a bit of a hit, similar to the that taken on the outfield depth last evening in dealing away OF Leonys Martin. As it stands now, Ariel Miranda, Erasmo Ramirez, Andrew Moore, and Marco Gonzales seem to have a slight edge—some more than others—on the Albers/Whalen/De Jong/Phelps group in duking it out for a rotation spot, and Gaviglio likely would have positioned himself in the earlier group rather the later.
C Mike Marjama and RHP Ryan Garton, who were brought over from Tampa Bay (who else?) earlier this month, find their way on to the Mariners roster for the first time. Marjama’s addition is particulary noteworthy, as Gaviglio’s DFAing was seemingly in order to make room for him on the 40-man. It would seem that Marjama is going to have the opportunity to use the remainder of this season to audition for the backup catcher role in 2018.
Jarrod Dyson was also activated today, and is in the starting lineup tonight, batting ninth against A’s LHP Sean Manaea.
As expected, RHP David Phelps was placed back on the 10-Day DL.
Also activated was RHP Shae Simmons, who likely represents the last hope for anything to become of the prospect package that included LHP’s Luiz Gohara, Ryan Yarbrough.