August Roster Churn
Cory Gearrin is now a New York Yankee
August 23, 2019
The trade deadline may have come and gone, but the roster of the 2019 Mariners continues to be fluid.
This week has already seen the promotion of outfielder Jake Fraley, who figures to get most of the playing time in center field the rest of the way, and today top-prospect Justus Sheffield has been promoted from Double-A Arkansas. Sheffield will start tonight against the Blue Jays. Fraley has been very impressive in both Double-A and Triple-A since coming over from the Rays in the Mike Zunino-Mallex Smith trade, while Sheffield—the principal get in the James Paxton trade with the Yankees—has been both good and bad in his time in the Seattle system, struggling at Triple-A Tacoma and then doing very well at Arkansas.
Making room for Fraley and Sheffield, Domingo Santana was put on the injured list with a sore elbow and reliever Cory Gearrin was placed on waivers and subsequently claimed by the New York Yankees. Gearrin's departure now leaves the Mariners' bullpen without a single reliever that began the season with the team.
Tomorrow Felix Hernández is due to be activated off of the injured list, which will require another corresponding move; Erik Swanson and Matt Magill seem the likeliest pitchers to be optioned down. Meanwhile, injured pitchers Austin Adams and Dan Altavilla are on rehab assignments in Tacoma and could be activated soon, as could rehabbing outfielders Mitch Haniger and Braden Bishop. Either of them would no doubt take the roster spot of Keon Broxton, who has given decent defense in his Mariner stint but not much with the stick.