Tag:Ian Snell
Posted on: February 23, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 12:47 pm

Who replaces Wainwright?

Dave Duncan

While there's not exactly a great time to lose a pitcher that's been in the top three of the Cy Young voting each of the last two years, February may be one of the better times to get that kind of bad news.

Tony La Russa, Dave Duncan (above) and John Mozeliak at least have time to assess their options.

First off, it puts more pressure on Kyle Lohse, who goes from the highest-paid No. 5 in the league to the highest-paid No. 4 ($11.875 million both this season and next).

For now, La Russa said (from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch), "We're not going to look outside the organization. The answer is here."

So what's the answer? Here's a multiple choice.

Kyle McClellan1. Kyle McClellan -- One of the Cardinals best options out of the bullpen the last couple of years, McClellan came up as a starter and was even in the race to make the rotation last season before being beat out by Jaime Garcia. He has the arsenal to start -- including a slider he's shelved the last two years in the bullpen -- and is likely the favorite.

2. Lance Lynn -- A big right-hander (6-foot-6, 250), Lynn was 13-10 with a  4.77 ERA at Triple-A Memphis last season. He struck out 141 batters in 164 innings last season. He pitches in the mid-90s and also has a decent curveball and changeup. Having spent more than a year at Triple-A, he's likely to debut sometime this season, regardless of what happens out of the gate.

Ian Snell3. Ian Snell -- The Cardinals signed the former Pirate to a minor-league contract this offseason, hoping he'd be Duncan's next reclamation project. Snell was a 14-game winner for the Pirates in 2006 (with a 4.74 ERA), but has gone 23-39 with a 4.74 ERA since. Last season he started eight games for the Pirates and appeared in four more, going 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA.

4. P.J. Walters -- Walters started three games for the Cardinals last season, going 2-0 with a 3.94 ERA. Walters gave up nearly a hit an inning, but also managed to miss bats, striking out 11 in 16 innings as a starter. He was less successful as a reliever, but showed promise as a starter. He went seven innings on Sept. 29 against the Pirates, allowing just three hits and no runs.

5. Adam Ottavino -- Like Walters, Ottavino started three games for the Cardinals in 2010. He went 0-2 with a 7.53 ERA in his two starts, allowing 12 runs in 14 1/3 innings, while walking eight. He was taken off the team's 40-man roster this offseason. He was 5-3 with a 3.97 ERA in nine starts at Memphis last season.

Shelby Miller6. Shelby Miller -- Miller breaking camp probably isn't going to happen -- and shouldn't. Miller is the team's top -- and some say only -- prospect. Miller has a bright future, but his only experience so far is 26 games in the low-A Midwest League. Last season he went 7-5 with a 3.62 ERA for Quad Cities. He has a good fastball and curveball, but has yet to show command of his changeup. Miller will be in St. Louis soon, just not this soon.

Sure, they say they're looking in-house first, but they may not like what they see and decide to go outside. It wouldn't be the first time La Russa said something and then did the opposite. There are a few available options:

Kevin Millwood1. Kevin Millwood -- The veteran has been holding out for a big-league contract, perhaps anticipating such an opportunity as this. Still, Millwood may not get that big-league contract from the Cardinals. He was 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA for the Orioles last season.

2.  Joe Blanton -- The Phillies have said they're holding on to their fifth starter, but the Cardinals could be tempted. The problem is St. Louis' system isn't very deep and may lack the prospects to land Blanton, unless Philadelphia is looking to give him away.

3. Yankees castoffs -- The Yankees have certainly searched the scrap heap to replace Andy Pettitte, signing Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. If either -- or both -- of those veterans are jettisoned before the end of spring training, the Cardinals could bring either in to work with Duncan.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 3:54 pm

M's decline options on Bedard, Branyan, Lopez

Erik Bedard The Mariners have declined their options on left-hander Erik Bedard, Russell Branyan and infielder Jose Lopez.

The Mariners had an $8 million option on Bedard with a $250,000 buyout. He made $1.5 million this year and made just one rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma in 2010. The team may try to bring him back at a much lower rate.

Branyan was due $5 million. The first baseman was acquired in a trade with the Indians in June. He played in 57 games for the Mariners, hitting .215/.319/.483 with 15 home runs and 33 RBI.

Lopez, who had a $4.5 million option with a $250,000 buyout, is eligible for arbitration, if the Mariners desire. However, the team already has Chone Figgins and Dustin Ackley coming, so he would unlikely be an option for a team that's going to be watching every penny and expecting another rough year. The Denver Post 's Troy Renck notes (via Twitter ) the Rockies have interest in Lopez.

The Mariners had already declined their option on right-hander Ian Snell.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 9:16 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 10:53 am

Minor-league free agency begins

Micah Owings Every year, especially in this current free-agent market, there are plenty of players signed to minor-league contracts that end up playing an important part in a team's season.

Wilson Valdez started Game 1 of the NLDS for the Phillies at third after Placido Polanco couldn't go. Marcus Thames is a threat against left-handers as a DH, while Andres Torres was a major cog in the Giants offense after signing a MLC prior to the 2009 season.

The first wave of minor-league free agents has begun, and Baseball America provides us with a list which is below. First, some notable names that are now free agents:

Rich Hill (Red Sox)
Hill was formerly a blooming young starter with the Cubs before contracting Steve Blass disease . Hill has worked his way back to being an intriguing option as a left-handed relief pitcher. In fact, Hill was a popular name being thrown around the Boston media to be part of the 2011 bullpen. Well, unless Hill signs a minor-league deal and agrees to compete for a spot, that won't happen.

Micah Owings (pictured) (Reds)
The pitcher who also carries a large stick doesn't seem to care much for starting but his strikeout numbers look promising out of the bullpen. Given his ability to pinch-hit (and some enterprising managers could use Owings  in more creative ways) and still only 28, he should get a long look somewhere next spring training.

Ian Snell (Mariners)
Snell was once a veteran of the Pirates starting rotation before things started to go awry and there was an acrimonious departure from the organization. Despite Snell's personal opinion of his talent, 2010 was a disaster. He's still young and shouldn't have a problem seeing the majors again next season, whether out of the gate or after spending some time in Triple-A.

Ryan Garko (Rangers)
Garko was claimed by Texas from the Mariners just in time for Opening Day to be their much-needed right-handed bat off the bench. That didn't work out so well for Garko, who has demonstrated an ability to hit left-handers in the past. Garko also struggled down on the farm, so the 29-year-old is running out of chances.

The full list
Baltimore Orioles: RHP Cla Meredith, LHP Alberto Castillo, 1B Michael Aubrey, 3B Scott Moore
Boston Red Sox:
RHP Fernando Cabrera, LHP Fabio Castro, LHP Rich Hill, C Gustavo Molina, 3B Jack Hannahan
Chicago Cubs: RHP Mike Parisi
Chicago White Sox:
C Austin Yount
Cincinnati Reds:
RHP Micah Owings
Detroit Tigers: OF Alexis Espinoza, OF Chao-Ting Tang
Florida Marlins:
RHP Scott Strickland, LHP Dan Meyer, C Mike Rivera, 3B Brian Barden, 3B Mike Lamb
Houston Astros:
RHP Josh Banks, RHP Yorman Bazardo, RHP Casey Daigle, RHP Gary Majewski, RHP Chris Sampson
Kansas City Royals: RHP Matt Herges (released),
RHP Anthony Lerew, RHP Josh Rupe
Los Angeles Angels:
OF Michael Ryan
Los Angeles Dodgers: RHP Justin Miller, SS Juan Castro
Milwaukee Brewers: RHP Chris Smith
Oakland Athletics:
RHP Ross Wolf, LHP Cedrick Bowers
Pittsburgh Pirates:
RHP Brian Bass
St. Louis Cardinals:
LHP Evan MacLane
San Diego Padres:
C Chris Stewart
Seattle Mariners:
RHP Ian Snell, C Eliezer Alfonzo
Texas Rangers:
1B Ryan Garko
Toronto Blue Jays:
1B Brian Dopirak, 1B Mike Jacobs
Washington Nationals:
RHP Jason Bergmann, C Jamie Burke, C Carlos Maldonado

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 4:48 pm

Mariners turn to Ham Fighter

Ian Snell On the same days that Chris Resop returned to the majors after reviving his career in Japan, Brian Sweeney followed suit.

Sweeney, a reliever who for the past three seasons was a member of the Nippon Ham Fighters, was called up by the Mariners today to replace Ian Snell (left), who was designated for assignment.

A 36-year-old right-hander who bounced around between the minors and majors in Seattle and San Diego between 2003 and 2006, Sweeney signed with the Mariners as a minor-league free agent on April 16. For Triple-A Tacoma, Sweeney made 15 appearances and went 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA and a 4:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He'll pitch in middle relief for the Mariners.

Snell came to Seattle with Jack Wilson last year in a seven-player deal with the Pirates at the trading deadline, and has been an unqualified disaster this season. In eight starts he went 0-5 with a 6.11 ERA, walking 21 in 35 1/3 innings. Monday night he allowed four runs in two innings out of the bullpen, sealing his fate.

As noted by Geoff Baker in the Seattle Times , Snell also displayed an attitude problem that surely didn't help his cause.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:38 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2010 12:53 am

Big doings in Seattle

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times recaps a busy day in Mariner-land :

• Pitcher Mark Lowe will undergo back surgery that will likely end his season.
Luke French replaces Ian Snell in the rotation.
Chone Figgins is back at the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
• And manager Don Wakamastsu has gotten the dreaded vote of confidence from general manager Zduriencik.

"Don's our manager," Zduriencik told reporters. "Look, he's our manager. Last year, there were so many praises, and so many people were high on the job Don did. Because the club's been in a bad stretch, because the club hasn't played well, certainly Don's disappointed like everyone else. He's our manager right now. We're moving forward. I expect Don to right the ship. I expect Don to take charge of the thing. He's the manager. That's his job. I look forward to watching it. Don hasn't swung a bat this year, Don hasn't fielded a ground ball, and Don hasn't thrown a pitch.

"As we move forward from here on out, I'd like to say this club is going to play better baseball from here on out. That's would certainly be what I'd hope to see. And Don will be the manager watching them do it."

So that means, what, two more weeks of the Wakamatsu reign?

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 11:21 am

M's Snell might be out of chances

The Mariners might be out of patience with right-hander Ian Snell after his disastrous outing Wednesday night: 1 2/3 innings, seven earned runs, eight hits, two homers. Snell is 0-5 with a 5.89 ERA. In fact, the Mariners have managed to lose 10 of the 11 games in which he has appeared this season.

Seattle seems likely to punt Snell from the rotation, if not the team. According to the Seattle Times , the Mariners have a ready replacement for his starting spot in Luke French, who threw 5 1/3 innings (four earned runs) in his first extended action since being called up.

"Possibly," manager Don Wakamatsu said of French joining the rotation. "It was his first long outing up here, and we were able to stretch him out. It gives us that option."

-- David Andriesen

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