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May 31, 2013

Transaction Analysis

Ack to the Minors

by R.J. Anderson


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American League
National League

SEATTLE MARINERS
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Recalled 3B-R Alex Liddi from Triple-A Tacoma. [5/29]

Optioned RHP Brandon Maurer to Triple-A Tacoma. [5/29]

Purchased the contract of 2B-S Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma. [5/27]

Recalled RHP Hector Noesi from Triple-A Tacoma. [5/27]

Optioned 2B-L Dustin Ackley and LHP Lucas Luetge to Triple-A Tacoma. [5/27]

There's no way to describe Ackley's career-to-date without using the word disappointing. The former no. 2 pick accumulated more than 800 poor plate appearances before the M's demoted him. Whatever the reasons for Ackley's struggles—be it passiveness, a poor swing, a combination thereof—the M's need him to figure things out, and it doesn't appear that was going to happen in the majors. Instead Ackley will work on things away from the bright lights. It can't hurt.

Likewise for Maurer. Seattle skipped the big righty from Double-A to the majors this spring. They gave him 10 starts and he recorded quality starts in four of them. Maurer's issues with command and sequencing were no surprise: Jason Parks highlighted both issues during the offseason. Expect to see Maurer again sometime in the near future; he still has a chance at becoming a no. 3 or 4 starter.

As for the new guys, Mark Anderson covered the bat-first Franklin already. Noesi used to have a similar projection as Maurer, though he struggled last season to put away hitters and might only be a reliever. Liddi can put a charge into the ball. He can't, however, command the strike zone or put the bat on the ball enough to be useful—evidenced by his 34 percent strikeout rate in Triple-A. 

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