It wouldn’t be an otherwise beautiful Friday where I could go outside without a roster move to be blurbed, so here’s today’s:
#Mariners select INF Gordon Beckham from AAA Tacoma. INF Jean Segura has been placed on the paternity list. Minor league OF John Andreoli has been designated for assignment.— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) August 17, 2018
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Immediate gut reaction? I sort of hate this. Is the gap between Romine and Beckham so steep it’s worth exposing Andreoli to waivers? But really, here is why I hate this the most:
Those are Ben Gamel’s numbers at Tacoma, and they are ridiculous. In Triple-A this year, Ben Gamel has almost twice as many multihit games (9) as he does games without a hit (5). His August slash line is a straight-up Barry Bondsian .373/.439/.686. I understand all the reasons for Heredia on the roster over Gamel: Heredia has better positional flexibility and is defensively far superior to Gamel in center, as well as providing a right-handed bat on the bench, and Gamel’s offensive performance at times this year has been uneven, but the team has been struggling so hard to create runs lately it seems bizarre to leave a potentially red-hot bat in Tacoma.
It’s especially grating because the bat that needs to be replaced is Jean Segura’s, who has started to come alive after a prolonged July-into-August nap. Since the publication of this article, Segura is posting a 197 wRC+ as he looks to regain some of his first-half magic thanks to some intense work with Edgar Martinez. Now, the Mariners will be without one of their better offensive weapons for a tough series against the Dodgers, while Ben Gamel continues to lay waste to Triple-A pitching. Seems like something worth doing wacky things like posting Dee at SS or Span at first or Gamel at second with one of those novelty gloves the size of a beanbag chair, I don’t know I’m just spitballing here, okay, please no more 12-inning 0-0 ties with the A’s.
Meanwhile, we will wait to see if any team claims macaroni-ravioli-we-like-Andreoli on waivers. With the Triple-A season winding down quickly, any team that claims him should be giving him a shot at the major-league level. Andreoli has a solid set of tools—he’s fast, plays solid defense, and put up a 117 wRC+ at Tacoma this year—and could be an appealing fourth outfielder to a team with appalling outfield defense, or a fun lottery ticket for an overall appalling team like the Orioles.