Word filtered last night from Tacoma that outfielder Mike Wilson appeared headed to the Mariners. No surprise there, given manager Eric Wedge’s clear disgust with the state of the offense and the need for someone, anyone, who can put the barrel of the bat on the ball.
It became official this morning, with the Mariners bringing up Wilson and designating outfielder Ryan Langerhans for assignment.
Wilson has been doing that in 16 games with the Rainiers, batting .381 with seven doubles, four home runs and 14 RBI. He’s also batting .462 against left-handed pitching, which could have come in handy Sunday when White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle muffled the Mariners.
The bigger question overnight was who the Mariners would ship out to make room for Wilson.
Michael Saunders? He has really struggled at the plate, but his defense in center field has been superb and, to me at least, much needed in the absence of Franklin Gutierrez.
A relief pitcher? Chris Ray, Dan Cortes or Tom Wilhelmsen? The Mariners have barely used those guys the past two weeks and some speculated that Wedge might go with a six-man bullpen. However, with the Mariners beginning a stretch of 16 games in 16 days, going a man short in the pen is probably playing with fire.
Milton Bradley? He has been a mess to himself and the team the past week and a half. He’s been kicked out of two games, suspended after one of those, and played poorly in left field. There’s a valid argument for simply letting Bradley go and eating his salary, although he is one of the few capable of hitting the ball into the seats.
Turns out Langerhans is the guy leaving. The Mariners have 10 days to trade, release or outright Langerhans. He batted .173 in 19 games with three home runs and six RBI.