Carlos Triunfel -> Seattle, Robert Andino -> Outright Waivers

marc w · May 24, 2013 at 1:55 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Quick post here, but as first mentioned (at least that I saw) by Dave, the M’s waived IF Robert Andino today. They needed to make a 40-man roster move to bring Jesus Sucre up, so now the 40-man has the correct number of men enumerated. The move also left the M’s an infielder short, so there was some speculation that the M’s may bring up Nick Franklin or, less likely, Tacoma utility man Nate Tenbrink. Either of those two would require yet another 40-man move, and the M’s evidently decided they’d had enough for the day. Carlos Triunfel was already on the 40-man, and can play SS, unlike Tenbrink and kinda-sorta unlike Franklin.

Triunfel had just flown with the Rainiers to Reno, and, upon landing, was instructed to get on the next plane back to Seattle. Odd morning, but I doubt he minds too much. The 23-year old was having a fine campaign in the PCL, though of course he started well last year before going on a several-month slump in the middle of the season. He’s hitting .300/.351/.476, showing more power than he has in his MiLB career. He’s hitting righties better than he has in years, and hasn’t made quite as many unforced errors in the field. His greatest tool is still his 70-75 grade arm, which hasn’t always been paired with 50-grade accuracy. Still, he opened some eyes this spring with solid play at 2B/SS, and obviously got his feet wet with the M’s last September. It’s a nice low-risk, medium-reward sort of a move.

We’ll see if he’s in the line-up tonight or if he’s eligible to come off the bench, the way Jesus Montero did for Tacoma last night. Robert Andino has positional flexibility and a great back-story, so here’s hoping he lands with another team, but I don’t think any M’s fan is sad to see the Andino Era come to a close.


18 Responses to “Carlos Triunfel -> Seattle, Robert Andino -> Outright Waivers”

  1. Snuffy on May 24th, 2013 2:16 pm

    Andino showed little. This could net the Mariners a long term decent utility guy with some pop if CT pans out. Andino was showing no upside. Good move.

  2. Sports on a Shtick on May 24th, 2013 2:33 pm

    So folks are saying the M’s waived Andino and brought up Triunfel (after already sending him to Reno) only after word leaked that Andino was getting waived.

  3. globalalpha on May 24th, 2013 2:40 pm

    Put on waivers and Designated For Assignment are two separate things. Lots of players get “waived”. Even Felix got put on waivers last August! I’m not sure I quite understand why leaking the news of putting him on waivers would necessitate a change in plans to an immediate DFA.

  4. Sports on a Shtick on May 24th, 2013 2:49 pm

    Sorry, I meant Andino was originally put on waivers. Once word got out (I believe Dave was the first to mention this) the M’s decided to DFA him instead.

  5. MrZDevotee on May 24th, 2013 2:57 pm

    This totally fits somebody’s earlier remark about how the Z methodology while our GM has been… “Hey, who knows, maybe he’ll catch lightning in a bottle.” Stars aligning…? Dice rolling? Cashing in on the Northwest’s love of casino’s? “Anybody feel lucky?”

    I don’t mind Carlos being promoted, actually. It just seems a bit like a redundant move. Not sure what the upside is, especially if you figure Seager now has no replacement (and has only had 1 day off all season).

    But Stevemotivater made a good argument that Triunfel should come up specifically BECAUSE he doesn’t fit the future plans anymore so it costs us nothing in regards to development. Someone needs to be the backup infielder. And hey, maybe he does catch lightning in a bottle, and doesn’t bobble or drop the bottle in the process?

    So, either of those two above takes are fine. And neither is very interesting.

    Try not to look lost tonight, boys. That Angels series was scary bad.

  6. Steve Nelson on May 24th, 2013 3:40 pm

    Geoff Baker’s head must be spinning right now, with the Mariners having dumped such a critical part of their roster. Now the whole off-season plan has been blown asunder!

  7. SeniorMariner on May 24th, 2013 4:38 pm

    I didn’t mind Andino at all; he just had to play too much, and that’s not his fault. He will fit in somewhere as a crucial missing piece, probably on a contender, probably making a key postseason play that will make us cringe.

  8. kaleyk on May 24th, 2013 4:58 pm

    So … Brandon Morrow for Brandon League …. League for Trayvon Robinson ….. Robinson for Andino …. and Andino for zip.

  9. Slats on May 24th, 2013 5:09 pm

    ? Robinson came to Seattle in the Bedard trade which makes it worse.

  10. marcus_andrews on May 24th, 2013 5:26 pm

    No, Robinson and Bawcom definitely came over for League.

    I still don’t think the trade to get rid of Brandon League was bad. He had half a year left, we took a chance on a toolsy outfielder and got a bullpen arm who might be as good as League next year. You can’t judge a new transaction based on the transaction that preceded it, you can only judge it based on what the situation was at the time of the new trade.

    League for Robinson/Bawcom, and Robinson for Andino were fine trades at the time they were made albeit not spectacular.

  11. scraps on May 24th, 2013 5:32 pm

    It’s weird how Andino fell from Wedge-proclaimed starter to waived in something like a month.

  12. Westside guy on May 24th, 2013 5:58 pm

    How is “positional flexibility” an asset when you suck at all of those positions, and on offense to boot?

  13. HighlightsAt11 on May 24th, 2013 6:00 pm

    Z & Wedge read USS Mariner posts and comments for advice. Then, like clockwork, waits three weeks and implements said advice.

    So now is the time to post your comments/advice for Z & Wedge then see what goes down (and what comes up) three weeks from now.

    Should Z fire Wedge, then Chuck fire Z, then Howard fire Chuck, then Nintendo fire Howard? What comes first, the chicken or the egg?

  14. thurston24 on May 24th, 2013 7:24 pm

    Did anyone else notice how Geoff Baker was adamant that he wasn’t getting waived and then basically blamed the fact Andino was waived on Dave? I love the fact that Baker looked like the crappy reporter he was. I really can’t stand reading his writing.

  15. globalalpha on May 24th, 2013 8:45 pm

    No no, Travon Robinson came over for Bedard. We got Robinson and another AA outfielder, Chiang (?). Robinson did come from the Dodgers farm system, but Boston swung a trade with LA to get him and then flip him over to Seattle. For League, we got Bawcom and Leon Landry.

  16. scraps on May 24th, 2013 9:15 pm

    thurston24, why do you read Geoff Baker’s writing, if you can’t stand it? Seriously, I want to know. I can’t stand reading it either, and a Baker-free life suits me fine.

  17. ivan on May 25th, 2013 6:27 am

    I never read Geoff Baker, nor Jerry Brewer. Both are total wastes of my time. Larry Stone is the only decent baseball writer at the times.

  18. vj on May 25th, 2013 3:44 pm

    Could you post a link or some information regarding Andino’s backstory?

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