Wilson and Snell to Mariners
MARINERS ACQUIRE SHORTSTOP JACK WILSON & RHP IAN SNELL FROM PITTSBURGH
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 Cedeño, 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.
Cedeño, 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.