In news that is personally devastating to LL staffer and official Shed Long Appreciator Amanda, today the Mariners announced they’re transferring Shed Long to the 60-day IL. In a corresponding move, the team also claimed INF Jack Mayfield on waivers from the Angels.
Shed had surgery this past September to repair a stress fracture in his shin, which involved having a metal rod inserted in his leg. With a typical recovery time of 6-8 weeks, the hope was he’d be ready to go for spring training; unfortunately, that proved not to be the case, as Shed appeared in a couple of backfields games but was held back by inflammation in his surgically-repaired leg. He’ll now be transferred to the 60-day IL to continue his recovery journey. This is particularly unfortunate timing for Shed, who could have had a real shot at the everyday 2B role if Dylan Moore continues to scuffle.
To take Shed’s spot on the 40, the Mariners claimed Jack Mayfield, a 30-year-old infielder who has played most of his MLB career in the AL West. Mayfield was signed by the Astros as an undrafted free agent way back in 2013 and, through a combination of grit and good-enoughness, held on with Houston all the way until he made his MLB debut in 2019. The Astros put him on waivers prior to this season, at which point he was claimed by Atlanta and then promptly DFA’d and traded to the Angels for cash. Mayfield played two games with the Angels before being returned to the alternate site, and then eventually being DFA’ed a few days ago, at which point the Mariners picked him up.
If you’re asking, hey, what do the Mariners need with another light-hitting utility infielder north of 25, well, you’d be right to ask that question, and also, as John pointed out, the Mariners literally need bodies to fill their alternate site roster’s infield right now. The current infield at the alternate training site is Jantzen Witte, Donovan Walton, Sam Travis and Jack Reinheimer, but remember that Walton is traveling with the team as a member of the taxi squad. Still, none of those other players except Walton take up a 40-man spot, and the Mariners are going to have to do something if Nick Margevicius needs a lengthy IL stint and the team wants to continue to roll with a six-man rotation. At that point, Mayfield might find himself on the move again, as apparently no team wants to let him sneak through waivers, but can’t seem to find regular playing time for him, either.