The MLB trade deadline passed at 1:00 this afternoon, and the Tacoma Rainiers were mostly unscathed.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was surprisingly inactive on the last day, leaving his final list of moves as follows:
Acquired: LHP Tyler Anderson, RHP Diego Castillo, INF Abraham Toro, RHP Joe Smith
Traded Away: RHP Kendall Graveman, RHP JT Chargois, RHP Rafael Montero, 3B Austin Shenton (AA prospect), C Carter Bins (AA prospect), RHP Joaquin Tejada (Dominican League prospect)
The Rainiers were only impacted by 40-man roster maneuvering. Needing space, reliever Vinny Nittoli and infielder Jake Hager were designated for assignment on Tuesday. We learned today that Nittoli was outrighted to Tacoma and will remain in the organization, while Hager was claimed by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Did these moves make the Mariners better as they compete for a playoff spot? Hard to say, really. I guess we’ll find out in the next few weeks. The M’s start a ten-game road trip tonight in Texas.
YESTERDAY: Tacoma used six pitchers to limit Las Vegas to five hits in a 4-1 victory in the series opener on Thursday night. Penn Murfee had a nice bounce-back outing, allowing one run in 4.1 innings. Daniel Zamora escaped an inherited jam in the fifth and was credited with the win. Brian O’Keefe and Jose Marmolejos had two-out RBI singles in the first inning, and Jake Fraley had a two-run single with two outs in the seventh.
TODAY: Tacoma (40-33) at Las Vegas (37-36), 7:05.
OPPONENT AFFILIATION: Oakland A’s.
OPPOSING MANAGER: Fran Riordan.
SEASON SERIES: Tacoma leads, 4-3.
PITCHERS: RHP Asher Wojciechowski (0-0, 0.00) at RHP Brian Howard (2-3, 5.81)
Wojciechowski is making his Tacoma Rainiers debut; he was signed by the Mariners two days ago after being designated for assignment by the Yankees. Wojciechowski is 40-31 with a 4.27 ERA in 108 career Triple-A starts.
ROSTER MOVES: Reliever Vinny Nittoli cleared waivers and was outrighted to Tacoma, but infielder Jake Hager was claimed by the Arizona Diamondbacks – we may see him later on this road trip playing for Reno. Pitcher Wyatt Mills was called up by Seattle. Jantzen Witte is away on paternity leave, congratulations to the Witte’s who had their baby on Wednesday.
HOT HITTERS: Jantzen Witte has gone 31-for-86 (.360) over his last 25 games… Alen Hansen has a six-game hitting streak… Taylor Trammell has a four-game hitting streak.
OPPONENT NEWS: Las Vegas won on Tuesday to earn a 3-3 split of a six game road series at Salt Lake… Carlos Perez has homered in four of his last seven games… Pete Kozma had his 10-game hitting streak end last night… Lake Tapps native Nate Mondou has reached base safely in 25 straight games… Vimael Machin has reached base in 16 straight games.
BROADCAST: All games will be broadcast free on a live audio stream which is available right here.
Unfortunately, there is no traditional terrestrial radio station carrying the games at this time.
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- Former Rainiers and Mariners infielder Taylor Motter is on a serious hot streak for Albuquerque.
- Pleased to report that Finn the Bat Dog will be working the games in Vegas this weekend. He’s a good boy.
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About the Tacoma Rainiers
The Tacoma Rainiers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. The Rainiers are a member of the Triple-A West. Tacoma has been a Mariners affiliate since establishing the Rainiers moniker in 1995.
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