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.

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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.

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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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