Wilson and Snell to Mariners


SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that the Mariners have acquired shortstop Jack Wilson and right-handed pitcher Ian Snell from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for shortstop Ronny Cedeo, minor league catcher/first baseman Jeff Clement and minor league right-handed pitchers Nathan Adcock, Brett Lorin and Aaron Pribanic.

“This was an opportunity for us to acquire a veteran shortstop, a former All-Star player, with leadership qualities and above average defensive skills. As we move forward over the next few years it is nice to know that we have solidified the shortstop position.”

 “We also acquired Ian Snell, a talented pitcher with Major League experience who now has an opportunity re-start his career after a very successful re-assignment in Indianapolis.”

Wilson, 31, has spent his entire Major League career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since 2006, Wilson has the 4th-highest fielding percentage among all Major League shortstops (.980), and since his debut in 2001, he has made 1,112 starts at shortstop, 6th-most in the Majors. Wilson has a career .978 fielding percentage at shortstop, 4th-highest among active players (min. 650 G).

Wilson, a National League All-Star and Silver Slugger Award Winner in 2004, is a career .269 hitter (1158-for-4305) in 1159 career games with the Pirates since making his debut in 2001. He is hitting .267 (71-for-266) with the Pirates this season with 18 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 31 RBI.

Snell, 27, is 2-2, with a miniscule 0.96 ERA in six starts with AAA Indianapolis this season. He has struck out 47 in 37.1 innings. He started the season with the Pirates and was 2-8 with a 5.36 ERA in 15 starts. Since making his Major League debut with Pittsburgh in 2004, Snell has compiled a 33-46, 4.75 mark in 128 games, 116 starts.

Cedeo, 26, was hitting .167 (31-for-186) with 4 doubles, 2 triples and 5 home runs. He appeared in 59 games with the Mariners after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs over the winter.

Clement, 25, was hitting .288 with AAA Tacoma this season. In parts of two Major League seasons in Seattle, he hit .237 (52-for-219) with 11 doubles, 1 triple and 7 home runs.

Adock was 5-7, 5.29 in 21 games, 19 starts with High Desert in the California League this season. Lorin (5-4, 2.44 in 16 GS) and Pribanic (7-6, 3.21 in 17 GS) were both pitching with Clinton in the Midwest League.


As a Seattlite, it would appear this is more of a move made to compete this year and that the team is in “buy mode” as opposed to the “sell mode” everyone else has been reporting. While it still may be wiser to throw up a white flag (a la the White Sox back in 1997), I like the move as it brings major league ready players to Seattle and the price (Clement, Cedeno and other minor league players) was worth the return.
As a fantasy player with the #2 waiver position, I’m wondering who, assuming no other major league talent comes to the AL from the NL, I should put my claim in on? I don’t really NEED **** (or any other offensive players except someone with an Ichiro-like batting average effect) and I consider Wilson a better real player than fantasy player. Snell is an intriguing option as he’s been dominate in AAA since being sent down, and the one thing I need is pitching. Not that it’s important as I’m playing for this year right now, but players changing leagues during the season are not keeper-eligible.

Thanks for the knowledge,

Scotty Mac

Scotty Mac,

I agree that Snell is the far more intriguing pickup, but I wouldn’t use a #2 waiver claim on either of these two. With only a couple days left until the deadline, sit tight and take the chance that there will be better options.


Well, the good news is that Snell doesn’t clear waivers in our league until about 10pm PST on 7/31/2009, so I do have time to decide in the next couple of days. But assuming nothing of greater value comes over, should I jump on Snell or wait for something better to come across to the AL in August when players must clear MLB waivers before they are traded?

FYI, in an interview on ESPN 710 here in Seattle, Trader Jack Z. made it sound as if Snell would head to AAA for a start or two to get acclimated before getting added to the M’s rotation. So he’s at least confirmed Snell be in an M’s uniform sooner rather than later.

Scotty Mac

Scotty Mac,

A nice luxury to have. If that’s the case, I have no problem with you claiming Snell. The chances of a real impact player getting dealt through waivers in August are remote, not to mention the chances of two coming over to the AL (assuming the #1 guy puts in a claim).


Ugh, so now I’m left weighing 3 different players for my waiver claim. They are (in order of speculated value):

1. Encarnacion
2. Snell
3. Peavy

Do you think this is an accurate estimate? I have Youk, Blalock & Figgins already at the corners (Also have Andy Marte & Michael Saunders I am ready to move forward with if needed) but really I guess the question is do I move Peavy up even though it’s questionable he’ll pitch at all this season and can’t be kept? Snell clears tonight, Peavy and Encarnacion will clear sometime next week.

Scotty Mac

Scratch that, asked and answered on the XM Radio Show.

Thanks for all the knowledge,

Scotty Mac

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