40 man moves
The Mariners made two moves today to create room for Ron Villone and Adrian Beltre on the 40 man roster. They traded Aaron Taylor (#22 on the Future Forty) for middling non-prospect Sean Green. This is basically a rehash of last years Allan Simpson-Chris Buglovsky swap, where the Mariners send a potentially useful reliever to Colorado for minor league roster filler simply to open up space on the 40-man.
They also designated Rett Johnson for assignment, going against the rumor that Aaron Looper was next on the chopping block. Johnson has one of the better arms in the system, but the 2004 season was basically a lost year for him due to some personal issues (which we won’t elaborate on). There’s a pretty good chance that someone grabs him on waivers. Despite his issues, I certainly would have kept him over Aaron Looper, though it was known that Johnson was potentially vulnerable this winter.