Greg Halman Optioned to AAA, Trayvon Robinson Called Up
That didn’t take long. Trayvon Robinson’s been in the Mariner organization for all of three games, going 1-9 with 3 walks and 4 Ks, but according to Ryan Divish, he’ll join the Mariners in Anaheim. Greg Halman’s hot streak after his call-up seems like it happened years ago, if it happened at all. His 3 strikeout game yesterday didn’t help dissuade people that he didn’t belong in MLB. Even the Halman fans (and I still want to believe) would agree that he should be in AAA and playing, and not waiting around in Seattle for spot starts against lefties. The Halman detractors will simply point out that he struck out in 32 of his 91 plate appearances, and drew 2 walks.
Robinson’s gunning for the PCL strikeout lead himself, so the M’s are not swapping Halman for a fundamentally different kind of hitter. Still, he’s a switch hitter who can play CF and give Gutierrez a break, or play LF against lefties or in the late innings. I’m really curious to see what Robinson can do in MLB, as he’s another guy that might struggle for a while against quality right-handers like Jered Weaver (why have the M’s brought two guys up from AAA *just* in time to face Jered Weaver?). The big difference between Robinson and Halman is that, at least in the minors, Robinson’s shown the ability to take a walk. Welcome, Trayvon.
The ten day period following Jack Cust’s DFA was up Mike Snow points out that the 10 days weren’t up, so this wasn’t the M’s releasing Cust because they had to – they did so because they could. Would waiting another few days matter? Probably not, so he’s been released.