Mariners Outright Jose Marmolejos – MLB Trade Rumors
SEPTEMBER 17: Marmolejos cleared the waivers and was squarely sent back to Tacoma, the team said on Friday. He has the right to elect free agency because he had already been adamant in his career, although the team gave no indication that he plans to do so.
SEPTEMBER 14: The Mariners have announced they have named the corner fielder / first baseman Jose marmolejos for assignment. Flying companion Jake fraley was reinstated from the list of 10-day wounded in a corresponding movement. The designation of Marmolejos also opens up a spot on Seattle’s 40-man roster, which now numbers 39.
Marmolejos has already been named once this season, losing his place in the roster in May after reaching just .139 / .266 / .278 in his first 94 appearances at home plate. The 28-year-old accepted the outright waivers and was sent to Triple-A Tacoma. He had an incredible few months with the Rainiers, hitting 23 home runs in just 303 home plate appearances and crushing at a .360 / .452 / .700 clip. It got him another look with the Big League club as the M’s reselected Marmolejos a few weeks ago.
Seattle have given Marmolejos a few starts since being called up, but again struggled in a very small sample of 28 home plate appearances. With Fraley set to return to take on his usual role on left pitch, the front office has clearly determined that there is no room at the big club for Marmolejos. Because he has no more option years in the minor leagues, Marmolejos once again had to be exposed to waivers to be excluded from the active roster.
While Marmolejos cleared the waivers a few months ago, it wouldn’t be surprising to see another club take a leaflet on them this time around thanks to their mid-demolition of the Triple-A pitch. Any claiming team should also keep the left-handed batter on the active roster or put him on waivers themselves.
Fraley missed just over two weeks with inflammation in his right shoulder. The 26-year-old had a great start to the season but cooled off considerably before landing on the board. However, he has always been a productive player overall, sporting a .213 / .359 / .388 season line. That’s an unsightly batting average, sure, but Fraley’s massive 18.2% walk rate helped him post an OBP nearly forty points above the .321 league average (at the exclusion of pitchers).