The Seattle Mariners swung a trade this morning, and followed that up with a few roster movies.
Here’s information from the club regarding the trade:
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has acquired infielder Luis Sardiñas from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Ramon Flores.
Sardiñas, 22, spent the majority of last season with AAA Colorado Springs, hitting .282 (110x390) with 51 runs, 17 doubles, 5 triples, 1 home run, 33 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 103 games. Appeared in 36 games with the Brewers, hitting .196 (19x97) with 8 runs, 1 triple and 4 RBI in two stints in the Majors (May 15-June 8 & Sept. 8-end of season). During his Major League career, has appeared defensively at second base (35 G, 22 GS), shortstop (27 G, 22 GS) and third base (10 G, 7 GS). In his minor league career, has appeared in games at shortstop (390 G, 384 GS) and second base (46 G, 41 GS).
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The switch-hitter was rated as a Top-100 prospect by Baseball Prospectus & MLB.com in both 2013 & 2014. He entered the 2015 season as the 3rd-best prospect in the Brewers organization according to Baseball America after being acquired from Texas in the Yovani Gallardo trade on Jan. 19, 2015. In parts of two Major League seasons with Texas (2014) and Milwaukee (2015), has hit .231 (49x212) with 20 runs, 6 doubles, 1 triple and 12 RBI in 79 games. During his minor league career, has hit .288 (514x1786) with 281 runs, 76 doubles, 14 triples, 6 home runs and 161 RBI in 446 games in six seasons. He was originally signed by Texas as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2009
Flores, 23, was acquired from the New York Yankees along with RH Jose Ramirez in exchange for OF Dustin Ackley on July 30. With AAA Tacoma, he hit .423 (22x52) with 11 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 home runs, 7 RBI and 11 walks in 14 games before being placed on the minor league disabled list on Aug. 15 for the remainder of the season with a right fibular fracture. Prior to being acquired by Seattle, he hit .286 (79x276) with 43 runs scored with 11 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs, 34 RBI, 39 walks and 3 stolen bases in 73 game with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the International League. He appeared in 12 games with the Yankees, hitting .219 (7x32) with 3 runs and 1 double.
And here’s the club’s info on the other moves:
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:
· Patrick Kivlehan, INF, selected from AAA Tacoma.
· Boog Powell, OF, selected from AAA Tacoma.
· Danny Hultzen, LHP, designated for assignment.
The Mariners Major League 40-man roster is now full.
Kivlehan, 25, hit .256 (121x472) with 58 runs, 25 doubles, 1 triple, 22 home runs, 73 RBI, 36 walks and 14 stolen bases in 123 games in his first full season with AAA Tacoma. He participated for the U.S.A. in the Pan Am Games, hitting .342 with a team-leading 3 home runs. He led the Rainiers in games played (123), while also finishing among the team leaders in home runs (T1st/22), doubles (2nd, 25), RBI (3rd, 73), hits (3rd, 121) and walks (3rd, 36). His 22 home runs ranked T7th in the Pacific Coast League. Kivlehan appeared in games at 6 different positions: first base (30 G/26 GS), third base (26 G/23 GS), left field (48 G/46 GS), center field (11 G/9 GS), right field (13 G/11 GS) and designated hitter (7 GS).
Kivlehan was the Mariners 4th round selection in the 2012 Amateur Draft out of Rutgers University. In four minor league seasons in the Mariners organization, he has hit .288 (507x1762) with 262 runs, 99 doubles, 16 triples, 70 home runs, 318 RBI, 54 stolen bases, a .352 on-base percentage and a .481 slugging percentage in 461 games.
Powell, 22, was acquired by the Mariners as part of a six-player trade along with RHP Nathan Karns and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for 1B Logan Morrison, INF/OF Brad Miller and RHP Danny Farquhar on November 5. He hit .295 (131x444) with 66 runs scored, 16 doubles, 9 triples, 3 home runs, 40 RBI, 61 walks, 18 stolen bases and a .385 on-base percentage combined between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham in 2015. Powell began the season with Montgomery and was named to the 2015 Southern League All-Star team. Overall with the Biscuits, he hit .328 (78x238) with 44 runs scored, 6 doubles, 6 triples, 1 home run, 22 RBI, 29 walks, 11 stolen bases and a .408 on-base percentage in 61 games. At the time of his promotion to Durham on June 26, Powell ranked among the Southern League leaders in average (3rd, .328), hits (3rd, 78), runs scored, (T3rd, 44) and on-base percentage (4th, .408). Over 56 games with Durham, Powell hit .257 (53x206) with 22 run scored, 10 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs and 18 RBI.
Powell was originally selected by Oakland in the 20th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Orange Coast College. He was traded from the Athletics along with C John Jaso, INF Daniel Roberson and cash considerations to Tampa Bay in in exchange for SS Yunel Escobar and INF/OF Ben Zobrist on January 10, 2015. Over four seasons in the minor leagues, he batted .308 (333x1082ss) with 170 runs scored, 34 doubles, 17 triples, 6 home runs, 95 RBI, 163 walks and 53 stolen bases in 294 games. In his career has a .401 on-base percentage, including a .451 on-base percentage in 2014 that was 2nd-best in the minor leagues.
Hultzen, 25, went 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA (3 ER, 8.0 IP) in 3 starts with AA Jackson. He began the season on the disabled list and was reactivated on May 1. He made 3 starts with Jackson before being placed on the disabled list on May 26 for the remainder of the season with a left rotator cuff strain. In four years (three seasons) in the Mariners organization, he was 14-9 with a 2.84 ERA (53 ER, 167.2 IP) with 186 strikeouts in 35 starts. He missed the entire 2014 season recovering from left shoulder surgery on Oct. 1, 2013 to clean up his labrum, a partial tear of the rotator cuff and repaired a capsule. Hultzen was selected by the Mariners in the first round (2nd overall) of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA).
The Mariners now have 10 days to trade, release or outright Hultzen’s contract to the minors.