Time for Change
One week ago, had you asked me whether or not I would like to see the Seattle Mariners make any changes, I would likely be part of the fan base that didn’t really see a need for them to do anything, even with Brendan Ryan stinking it up still.
And it would be hard to argue with me for thinking so. The Mariners were streaking. They were on fire. Quietly moving up the AL West rankings, Seattle started their arduous road trip by taking 2-of-3 from the New York Yankees in stunning fashion to put themselves in second in the west and one game under .500.
Then Cleveland happened.
When we look back at the end of the year at what changed and influenced this Seattle team, I really believe we’ll point to the gut-wrenching four-game series in Cleveland that saw the Mariners swept.
Still, even after they dropped those four games in a row, I still had hope. We were heading to Los Angeles and could turn things around immediately and bounce right back. That did not happen. We were crushed.
As such, the Mariners are now 20-27, 10 games behind the Texas Rangers, and in need of some changes. And it looks like we’ll get some very soon, as moves have been rumored in the past day that could really shuffle the big league lineup.
Here’s what we’ve come to find out as well as additional moves I believe Seattle should make.
Jesus Montero to be Sent Down
Jesus Montero as we now know is the first man to go down. As was first rumored in an article on thenewstribune.com by Ryan Divish, Montero will be sent down to Triple-A Tacoma and will be replaced by Jesus Sucre.
This is pretty depressing when you really look at it. Montero came to Seattle as one of the top hitting prospects in the league. Trading away Michael Pineda to get the star catcher (Pineda has had a tough go-of-it as well), Montero has not yet lived up to his hype, something Seattle fans have become way too used to in the past 5-10 years.
He currently has an appalling .208 batting average and has looked like a shade of the player he could have been. Just three home runs this season, Montero was not getting it done at the plate.
Sucre, meanwhile, will finally be able to attempt to make a statement at the big league level. At 25 years of age he’s still young, has a lot of potential, and has been swinging a good bat at the AAA level.
Playing in just 14 games this year so far, Sucre has a .302 batting average, .373 on-base percentage, and .321 slugging percentage.
Though he doesn’t have any home runs, we’ll give him a pass in that category as he will mainly play backup duties to Kelly Shoppach.
I’m actually pretty excited to see this guy come up. While others have called for Mike Zunino to be brought up already, that is illogical and irresponsible. He’s a great prospect, yes, but he’s not ready for the bigs. Sucre will give the Mariners a viable backup option in the majors and will hopefully send a huge wake-up call to Montero.
Other Moves the Mariners Could Make
Brendan Ryan, I was after your head about a week ago. Now, however, you’ve actually turned it around and are playing well. You just survive.
Dustin Ackley, as much as I love the player that you will be, it’s time to refine your skills at AAA. We’ll move you down to Tacoma and bring up Nick Franklin to play some second. After all, Seattle has been grooming him as more of a second baseman.
Kyle Seager….just kidding. Seager is awesome. Keep doing what you do.
Aaron Harang, adios. Get out of our city and find a team that wants an unmotivated pitcher. Let’s give Hector Noesi a shot at the rotation and call him up to fill Harang’s spot.
I’d be tempted to send Brandon Maurer down, but I really believe this is great experience for the young guy. He’s gaining valuable knowledge at the big league level and will turn things around…I hope.
Most of these moves won’t happen, but here’s to hoping they do.