Return of Borders
From MLB.com transactions:
Acquired C Pat Borders from Milwaukee affiliate Triple-A Nashville in exchange for cash considerations and assigned him to Triple-A Tacoma.
This has been hashed out in a previous thread, but to sum up:
– Wow, it’s come down to the return of Borders
– He comes cheap
– He knows the team, the team knows him, and if they decide to push Wiki when he returns, Borders will head down to Tacoma without throwing a tantrum
– Once he’s up with the club, this will free Rene to return to catching regularly and hopefully developing as a prospect (whether that’ll work…)
Pat Borders has done everything in baseball — he’s won a World Series and been on teams that fell apart on the way there, he’s hung out in the minors, and he’s been catching professionally since 1982 (Medicine Hat, Pioneer League). Many of our fine readers here aren’t even that old. I have a lot of respect for Borders, and I hope that comes through. We can acknowledge that we wish the Mariners had other options (say, that they didn’t have Wiki on the roster and had been free to stash a Mike Rose-type guy in Tacoma) and still tip our caps. May Borders instill some of his work ethic and hard-worn experience into Olivo.