Mariners Fireworks + Minors 07/04/14: And … Lester?

09597r== No squalls today, just fireworks ==

So last time negotiations broke down between a glamor AL East team and a 30-year-old mainstay of its roster, I was quite ready to do a post about how things could actually set up nicely between the Mariners and Robinson Cano.

Yes, I was ready to.  And I would have been among the first.

But I decided not to.

Not this time.

Seattle has Hisashi Iwakuma on the cheap for 2015 ($7 million option), but then he will want the payday he didn’t get the first time around.

But even just one year of Felix-Kuma-Jon Lester and then the kids?

It would be scary.

Lester, if you don’t know, is from Tacoma.

He’s been about as consistent as you could ask from a starter not named Felix since 2008.

He’ll probably stay with Boston, but just throwing it into the ring.


No big surprise that Corey Hart is on his way back to the majors after a successful rehab stint in Tacoma (.297/.366.514).  If he can produce anything close to that as the DH (and, maybe, RH outfielder? maybe?), it would be a huge addition.

Note his last three healthy seasons:

  • 2010: .525 SLG
  • 2011: .510 SLG
  • 2012: .507 SLG

Also no big surprise that Cole Gillespie was the one designated for assignment to make room.


Daily Prospect-palooza

  • Mariners affiliates scoreboard here.
  • Another strong start for Jordan Pries, part of the expanding Stanford alumni association in the organization: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K.
  • And what’s more patriotic than Abe!  Abe Almonte: 2-for-4, HR.
  • Patrick Kivlehan homered in a Jackson loss.  It was his 14th between High Desert and Jackson. Matt Anderson struck out 9 in 8.0 IP.
  • Grady Wood has been awesome in relief for High Desert this year, but Thursday he was done in by the one Seager not in the organization: Dodger prospect Corey Seager.  But the Mavericks got homers from Gabriel Guerrero (9th) and Jordy Lara (14th).  Gaby also had a double and a single.
  • Clinton held on for a 6-5 win behind yet another Stanfordite, Lonnie Kauppila, who had three hits.
  • Everett saw the pro debut of huge righty reliever Hawtin Buchanan, the Ole Miss product who was once touted as a first-round pick, only to fall to the 20th round after a rough ending to his college season.  He was late to sign since Ole Miss went to the College World Series (but Buchanan didn’t appear).  Thursday: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.  That’ll do fine.
  • Gareth Morgan had a double and a stolen base for the Arizona rookies, and raw but talented high school draftee Jay Muhammad went three hitless innings, but walked four (1 ER).

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