The Mariners made some roster moves today, but it had nothing to do with the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
While several other Major League organizations were busy making trades, the Mariners sent rookie first baseman Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma, placed outfielder Milton Bradley on the 15-day disabled list and recalled versatile Matt Tuiasosopo and relief pitcher Sean White from Tacoma.
Smoak’s demotion was the big news of the day.
The 23-year-old switch-hitter was the Mariners’ centerpiece in the six-player trade on July 9 that sent left-handed starter Cliff Lee to the Rangers.
Smoak batted .159 (10-for-63) with two home runs and five RBIs in 16 games with the Mariners. He is batting .198 (59-for-63) with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs overall during his rookie season.
He started the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City where he batted .300 with two home runs in 15 games.
Bradley, suffering from patellar tendonitis in his right knee, has not played since July 26. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on Aug. 11.
In 72 games with the Mariners this season, Bradley is batting .205 with nine doubles, a triple, eight home runs and 29 RBI.
With Tui back and in the lineup at third base tonight, I am wondering if Jose Lopez’s days with the team are numbered. He has been a shadow of his former self on offense and it might be wise for the Mariners to trade him — anywhere.
With the Trade Deadline behind us (at least it will be 37 minutes from now) Lopez would have to clear waivers to be traded. I don’t see that being a problem.
— Jim Street