Kelley Optioned to Make Way for Lee

Jay Yencich · April 30, 2010 at 4:18 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

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Kelley went eight days without pitching from the 19th to the 27th. Despite having a pretty ERA, his walks are up a bit and his FIP is around what it was on average last year. His slider has also been a bit inconsistent at times. Considering how quickly he shot up through the system to get to the M’s (he has 80.1 innings in the minor leagues, total), there are worse things in the world than having him go down to Tacoma to work on a few things.

Based off the move, one might suggest that the M’s still value Jesus Colome from his spring training performance and aren’t willing to give him up quite yet. Take from that what you will.

Dave adds: Jesus Colome has pitched one inning in the last 18 days. This team does not need seven relievers, and they certainly don’t have seven relievers better than Shawn Kelley. This is just dumb.


18 Responses to “Kelley Optioned to Make Way for Lee”

  1. Liam on April 30th, 2010 4:23 pm

    Sometimes I just don’t get this organization.

    In the three weeks Jesus Colome was called up, he has only made three appearances totaling 6 IP.

  2. Jay Yencich on April 30th, 2010 4:25 pm

    It’s an argument in favor of a smaller bullpen, particularly if Snell is going there and theoretically giving us multiple innings.

  3. littlelinny6 on April 30th, 2010 4:26 pm

    You know what this means, more Sean White in the 7th inning and high leverage situations, I can’t wait 🙂

    Also I would assume at some point the M’s will call up a backup infielder because this 7 man bullpen is the definition of pointless.

  4. Jay Yencich on April 30th, 2010 4:28 pm

    Hannahan will be ready soon enough, but he hasn’t yet played any short or second with Tacoma, and I don’t think he gets the call before he does.

  5. JH on April 30th, 2010 4:29 pm

    Well this is obnoxious, but not entirely unpredictable given Kelley’s options situation.

    This is not a team that can afford to get weaker in any area if it wants to contend. Neither Langerhans’ demotion or Kelley’s demotion in lieu of sending Texiera back to the Yankees is a big deal, but they each make the margin of error that much thinner if this team wants to compete.

  6. Paul B on April 30th, 2010 4:29 pm

    Also I would assume at some point the M’s will call up a backup infielder because this 7 man bullpen is the definition of pointless.

    I wouldn’t assume anything like that. I don’t think Wak puts much value in his bench, with the 7 man bullpen and 2 pure DH’s, he has pretty much shown that he thinks an extra glove on the bench isn’t important.

  7. littlelinny6 on April 30th, 2010 4:30 pm

    Hannahan with no reps at SS/2B >>>>> Tui (especially if Tui is going to strike out 45% of the time).

  8. Wolfman on April 30th, 2010 4:48 pm

    I don’t understand Wak’s fascination with Sean White either. I kinda think Kelley is much better. But that’s just me.

  9. Jay Yencich on April 30th, 2010 5:02 pm

    It’s not just you. Kelley is better.

  10. JMHawkins on April 30th, 2010 5:12 pm

    Also I would assume at some point the M’s will call up a backup infielder because this 7 man bullpen is the definition of pointless.

    If they didnt’ call one up when Wilson was hurt, why would they call one up when he’s healthy?

    I don’t like Wak’s bullpen belief system. Not at all.

  11. Gomez on April 30th, 2010 5:31 pm

    The only field-related reason I can see for this is that Kelley wasn’t hitting the zone as much as usual, and control is a key part of his game. His Zone% was at 49.6%, down from 55.9% last year.

    But yeah, other than a hot fastball or giving themselves options should one or the other falter, I don’t see why the team felt they needed Colome at the expense of Kelley.

  12. the tourist on April 30th, 2010 5:33 pm

    Wow. I don’t like this move at all. Maybe that’s because I think Shawn Kelly is our 4th best guy in the ‘pen (which, of course, is debatable). But wow, this whole bringing up Colome to pitch very little in the second week of the season is rubbing me even more the wrong way. It’s beginning to rival sending down Langerhans in lieu of keeping Byrnes territory.

  13. WilliamWallace on April 30th, 2010 5:39 pm

    Come on Wak and Z! Keeping Colome over Kelley??? Kelley’s walk to strikeout ratio is something like 7/3 this year, but was 41/9 last year..much better than Colome. Are they thinking Snell will take Kelley’s place? Get rid of Colome

  14. Soda Popinski on April 30th, 2010 6:02 pm

    I would guess that they are trying to get Kelley down to Tacoma as soon as possible to get some action. Knowing what they want him to work on, they would like to see it sooner rather than later. Is White better than Kelley? No. But if management sees White as a relatively finished product, vis-a-vis belief systems and what not, it makes sense from their perspective to send Kelley down for a bigger upside in the long run or later this year.

    That said, it’s still a bad move. Especially given Kelley’s splits against LHB, and the construction of this bullpen.

    Why keep Colome? With Lee in the rotation, hopefully it’s becoming clear to Wak and Z that we only need a six man pen. Which is what we may have for this game, given that Snell may not be ready to adjust to relief action after throwing 105 pitches Tuesday. We really don’t know how Cliff will do tonight so having Colome around to keep 6 in the pen (7 including Snell) may make sense. For one game. Tonight only. Please.

  15. Red Apple on April 30th, 2010 6:03 pm

    We might just need those seven relievers, what with that upcoming weekend of 19 and 16 extra inning games that’s sure to happen.

  16. DAMellen on April 30th, 2010 6:41 pm

    Who will Milton play scrabble with now?!

  17. dingla on April 30th, 2010 7:08 pm


  18. marc w on May 1st, 2010 11:09 am

    The M’s look like they want to keep Hannahan in AAA a bit longer, as they brought him off the DL and then optioned him to Tac yesterday. He had been in AAA on a rehab assignment.

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