The Other Move
Last night’s moves left the Mariners 40 man roster at 41, so they had to make another move today to get back down to the limit. They have now made that move, putting minor league reliever Ricky Orta on unconditional release waivers.
If you’re wondering why they did this, Orta had Tommy John surgery a few weeks ago, and is out for 2010. He’s a pretty good bet to clear waivers, and after the M’s release him, they can re-sign him to a minor league contract and let him rehab while not on the 40 man roster. If they would have placed him on the 60 day DL, he would have accrued almost an entire year’s worth of service time, so the release/re-sign tactic gets them the same end result without forcing them to surrender a year of team control, in case he ever does make it back from the surgery.