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October 17, 2013

Transaction Analysis

Sweeney Swings a Deal

by R.J. Anderson


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Claimed OF-R Travis Witherspoon off waivers from the Angels. [10/8]

It's not often a player with a .210/.295/.345 slash line gets claimed off waivers, and even rarer when those numbers came in Double-A. Yet the Mariners claimed Witherspoon based on his physical promise rather than his past performance. The 24-year-old is as fast as they come and shows more pop than the typical burner, though the question has been (and will continue to be) whether he'll make enough contact for the tools to play. So far the answer is no. There's a solid chance that continues to be the case, but the Mariners feel it's worth the waiver-claim fee to see if he can develop into an extra outfielder.

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