Snell DFA and Sweeney — not Mike — returns
It has been a long time since anyone mentioned Jeff Cirillo’s name.
But another of the players the Mariners sent to the Padres along with Cirrilo in that deal seven years ago is back.
Right-handed pitcher Brian Sweeney, now 36 years and two days old, was promoted from Triple-A Tacoma today to replace right-hander Ian Snell, who was designated for assignment.
Snell, who famously said he was not “Superman” after one of his recent starts, should become a free agent in 10 days — the amount of time the Mariners have to trade, release or send him to the Minor Leagues.
None of that is not going to happen.
Snell figures to clear waivers and perhaps sign for the pro-rated minimum with another organization while the Mariners are obligated to pay Snell the remainder of the $4.25 million owed this season. The contract he signed with the Pirates included two option seasons, for $6.75 million in 2011 and $9.25 million in ’12.
More on that move later.
We also have heard that catcher Adam Moore apparently injured a hamstring in last night’s game for Triple-A Tacoma.
More on that later as well.
— Jim Street