By Jake Garcia @JakeFG
This is the last Sunday without baseball activities until the season concludes with a World Series champ being crowned. So, to ramp everyone up, let’s take a look at the action affecting the M’s and their division rivals.
Big (League) Things
Lee, 33, signed a minor-league deal (with a ST invite) but will be competing with Jesus Montero and Gabby Sanchez to be the backup first baseman and a right-handed option off the bench for Scott Servais. The lumbering first baseman hit 31 HR for Japan’s Fukuoka Softbank. He also posted a .282 batting average.
At a luncheon on Thursday morning, Jerry Dipoto said the club is “probably done making significant moves.” Which makes sense, considering there hasn’t been much action in the Northwest (transaction wise) for awhile.
Minor (League) Things
L.A. claimed the big left-hander off of waivers from Colorado. In return, the Angels designated infielder Taylor Featherson for assignment.
At 31 years old, Moreira isn’t a top shelf prospect. He isn’t going to post 2013 Yasiel Puig numbers but he will provide depth for a team in need of additional guys up the middle.
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because C.J. Rifenhauser (whose name is now committed to my memory for no apparent reason) was a part of the Dipoto’s very first deal as Mariners GM. Ah, how the days and trades seem to fly by.
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