M's postponed until Friday and other news bits
See you in a couple of weeks, A's.
September 1, 2020
In addition to tonight's and tomorrow's games between the Mariners and the Oakland A's being postponed, Thursday's contest has also been pulled form the schedule. This doesn't appear to be because the Oakland crew has had any further COVID-19 issues beyond the one case that was revealed on Sunday; rather, it seems to be more of a logistical issue for the A's coupled with extra caution. Instead of traveling to Seattle, the A's will go home to Oakland and prepare for their series with San Diego, scheduled to begin Friday.
The Mariners and A's will make up the three-game series in two steps, playing a doubleheader in Seattle on Monday September 14th (what was to be an off day for both clubs) and a doubleheader in Oakland on the penultimate day of the season, September 26th, when the clubs had been scheduled to play a single game.
The postponement of this week's A's series has an upside for the Mariners, in that their new acquisitions—catcher Luis Torrens and infielder Ty France—will have completed their COVID-19 testing and intake period and won't miss any games. (Fellow new arrival Taylor Trammel has already reported to the Mariners' satellite training camp in Tacoma, while pitcher Andres Muñoz is on the injured list and will not play until sometime next year.)
Other info bites of note:
- Though we weren't supposed to know who the players-to-be-named-later involved in two of the Mariners recent trades were until after the season, the names have gotten out. From the Blue Jays, in exchange for Taijuan Walker, the M's will receive Alberto Rodríguez, who was added to Toronto's 2020 player pool in order to officially be sent now instead of later. An outfielder out of the Dominican Republic, Rodríguez played 2018 and ’19 with the Blue Jays' rookie-level teams in the Dominican Summer and Gulf Coast leagues. The left-hand-batter will be 20 in October and has yet to play a full season of pro ball. He won't be a factor in the near-term with Seattle's big-league plans but adds some depth to the farm system.
- Though not yet official, word has also leaked out concerning the PTBNL coming from San Diego in exchange for Taylor Williams. That player is reported to be right-handed pitcher Matt Brash, a fourth-round draftee of the Padres in 2019. Brash was a starter for Niagara University, posting a 12-7 record and 2.97 ERA in his three college seasons. He appeared briefly with San Diego's Class-A team in Fort Wayne after signing, throwing just 51⁄3 innings in relief.
- The Mariners have added another pitcher, this time via waiver claim. RHP Walker Lockett will join the M's from the New York Mets, and will take the place of fellow RHP Zac Grotz, who was outrighted to the minors today. Lockett, who will endeavor not to live up to his first name when he takes the hill for Seattle, has appeared in two games this year for the Mets (one start) nine last year (four starts), and four in 2018 while with the Padres (three starts). In all, his Major League numbers are a wholly unimpressive 2-4 record, 8.28 ERA, and 1.818 WHIP, so expectations are nil. He was moderately OK with Triple-A Syracuse last year, though (3-3, 3.66, 1.458).
- In ex-Mariner news, Daniel Vogelbach has been DFA'd again; the Blue Jays waived him and two others to make room for yesterday's three big-league trade acquisitions. Vogey was 0-for-4 with a walk in his brief tenure as a Blue Jay. Other former M's popping up in transaction lines include RHP Michael Pineda, who returns from his PED suspension today for Minnesota; RHP Hunter Strickland, designated for assignment by the Mets; and OFs Cameron Maybin and Jarrod Dyson went to Chicago—Maybin to the Cubs, Dyson to the White Sox—from the Tigers and Pirates, respectively, in two of yesterday's flurry of trades.