Mariners Claim Quiroz; What’s It Mean?
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on March 31, 2006
The Seattle Mariners picked up catcher Guillermo Quiroz from the Toronto Blue Jays this morning, a move that will send Rene Rivera back to Triple-A Tacoma – where he belongs.
What does this mean for the rest of the roster?
Not a ton, but the M's will have to clear another spot on the 40-man to make room for Quiroz.
The best bet to be removed is LHP Luis Gonzalez. who could be offered back to the Dodgers this weekend if the club doesn't choose the Rule 5 draftee as the last man in the bullpen.
Snelling will go on the 60-day DL to make room for Roberto Petagine and there aren't any other 60-day DL candidates unless something happens between now and Sunday. (knock on wood)
If Gonzalez makes the team the M's could try and pass either RHP Jeff Harris or LHP Jake Woods through waivers.
Another move could be in the offing, however.
Quiroz was among the Blue Jays's top 10 prospects just two years ago and is a little more talented than Rivera offensively. His defense is better than average, suggesting that he will serve as a solid backup.
With the bat, Quiroz, 24, has hit .205 in 88 career ABs, but slugged .518 with 20 home runs in Double-A New Haven in 2003 at age 21. He's significantly more patient than Rivera an gives the M's a better situation on their bench.
He's more of a catch-and-throw type than Rivera but grades at or above average across the board defensively. He's not special by any means, but he's better than Rivera, right now at least.
Solid move, especially since it costs nothing.
In Other News –
While I believe that Adam Jones needs more time in Double-A, it appears the Mariners are leaning slightly toward starting the 20-year-old in Triple-A Tacoma. His sub par spring numbers mean nothing. He's impressed a lot of people this spring and a Chicago Cubs official recently raved about his athlecisim and bat speed and made the comment that "he's certainly got big league ability and with a little more polish has a chance to be pretty good."
The minor league rosters do not have to be set until Wednesday.