It's hard to believe if you just look at his career numbers, but Steven Baron was actually a supplemental first-round draft pick back in 2009. He managed to make his major league debut with the Mariners in 2015, but things didn't go quite as well in 2016. Due to the restocking the Mariners did last offseason, Baron was relegated to the depths of Double-A Jackson, and although he slashed .280/.377/.358, he also struck out over 20 percent of the time. The success he did have is also mitigated by the fact that he was older than most of his counterparts. Baron's lack of power and high propensity to strike out will likely keep him in an organizational depth role moving forward, especially now that Carlos Ruiz was added to the fold along with Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre.
Baron agreed to a minor league contract with the Mariners on Friday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Baron was released earlier in the month after spending his eighth season as a member of the Mariners farm system. His numbers haven't been eye-popping, and given the other options behind the dish in Seattle, the 25-year-old is likely destined for another season in an organizational depth role.
Baron was released by the Mariners on Wednesday. The 25-year-old Baron will seek a new team after eight seasons in the Seattle organization. He could find a suitor in any team that needs deep catching depth.
Baron was designated for assignment on Wednesday. The Mariners made several minor roster moves, and needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster as a result. Baron will continue to serve as organizational catching depth.
The Mariners added four players to the active roster on Tuesday, the team announced. Pitcher J.C. Ramirez , catcher Steven Baron , outfielder James Jones and first baseman Jesus Montero will all be part of Seattle's roster.
The Mariners cut 10 players on Sunday. LHP Danny Hultzen, LHP Mike Kickham and outfielder Julio Morban were all optioned to Triple-A. Hultzen didn't give up a run in one hitless inning this spring. Kickham walked four but didn't give up an earned run in 3.1 innings. Morban hit .111 this spring. Reassigned to minor league camp were RHP Sam Gaviglio (7.71 spring ERA), Stephen Landazuri (0.00 ERA in 2.2 innings) and Forrest Snow (12.00 ERA), outfielder Jordy Lara (.231 spring average) and catchers Steven Baron (0-for-1), Mike Dowd (2-for-4) and Tyler Marlette (3-for-5).