One Move Coming, Maybe Two
After asking the bullpen to throw nearly 200 pitches tonight, the Mariners are probably going to have to make a roster move before Wednesday’s game. Blake Beavan can’t be counted on to give the weary group a rest and the team doesn’t have an off day until Monday, so they’re likely going to need to bring in an arm who can work multiple innings in case things get out of hand again tomorrow. There aren’t any great internal candidates, unfortunately, so while we know one move is coming tomorrow, it might turn out to be two, or one larger move.
The one we know is happening is the finality of Casper Wells‘ new home. His 10 day DFA period ends on Wednesday, so the organization has to either trade him or lose him on waivers. The expectation has been that they’d end up trading him for some non-roster fringe prospect, but if they want a big league arm instead, the Rockies just acquired and then DFA’d Aaron Harang in a cost savings maneuver, so the M’s could potentially try to interest Colorado in some kind of Wells for Harang swap. The Rockies don’t need another outfielder, but they could probably get more for Wells than they could for Harang, and Harang is the most available Major League pitcher on the market right now.
Of course, he got moved by the Dodgers because he didn’t want to work out of the bullpen, so if the Mariners were going to bring him in, he’d probably have to take someone’s rotation spot. They might not be so inclined to kick Brandon Maurer back to the minors after just two starts, but they could potentially dump Kameron Loe and shift Beavan to long relief, a role which the organization hopefully learned is still needed given the lack of quality pitchers in the rotation.
Of course, the M’s could do something entirely different with Wells and still acquire Harang. Or they might not acquire anyone, and just choose to bring Hector Noesi back from Double-A for a few days for a just-in-case situation. Noesi’s not the only internal candidate, but he’s the guy on the 40 man who is already stretched out to pitch multiple innings and hasn’t started a game in the last few days. If they decided to go with a more traditional reliever rather than a long guy, Yoervis Medina hasn’t pitched in a few days for Tacoma. They do have non-trade options; they just aren’t very good.
Anyway, long story short, Casper Wells officially goes away tomorrow, and he might not be the only one. I wouldn’t be shocked if Kameron Loe’s days on the roster were over. We’ll find out soon enough.