In the midst of yet another disappointing season, the Seattle Mariners have decided to take some action early in the year with a few transactions from the Minor Leagues that will affect fantasy baseball owners.
The string of moves started on May 23 with the demotion of Jesus Montero, and since then they’ve made 10 more transactions. Fantasy owners were excited about Montero entering the season, but the young hitter managed to hit just .208 wit three home runs and nine RBI in 101 at-bats before being sent down.
He has yet to do much of anything in Triple-A and can be dropped in all formats other than dynasty leagues. After demoting Montero, the Mariners called up Jesus Sucre; defensive specialist who won’t have any fantasy impact. Kelly Shoppach is the new starting catcher, but he is hitting just .207 with three home runs and should not be added as a replacement.
On May 27, the M’s made five transactions, with the most significant the demotion of Dustin Ackley and promotion of Nick Franklin. Ackley hit just .205 with zero power and was in the middle of an 0-for-19 slump. A late-round pick in most leagues, Ackley was dropped by many early in the season and can be universally dumped at this point.
As for Franklin, he was hitting well in the minors with a .324 average, .440 OBP and 28 RBI. He has good speed but his power had been down of late. Franklin hit 23 home runs in Single-A back in 2010 but had just four in 39 games this season. He hit two home runs for the M’s on Thursday, and while he’s not going to provide a ton of home runs, he should be a reasonable source of power and speed as a shortstop.
Lastly, the team demoted the struggling Brandon Maurer (6.93 ERA, 1.68 WHIP) and added a bat in 3B Alex Liddi. Liddi showed impressive power this season at Triple-A with nine home runs, 39 RBI and a .456 slugging percentage. Owners shouldn’t add him yet, but if he gets consistent at-bats he’ll have a chance to prove his power can translate to the majors.