Ashley was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The Mariners made their final round of cuts Friday in advance of Opening Day and Ashley was one of seven players to be optioned or reassigned. Ashley joined the Mariners in the offseason as a non-roster invitee and collected five hits over 12 at-bats this spring. He'll provide organizational depth at catcher while Mike Zunino and Carlos Ruiz stick with the big-league club.
Ashley signed a minor league deal with the Mariners that includes an invitation to spring training, the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reports. The 32-year-old backstop made it to the majors for a 12-game run with the Brewers in 2015, but has otherwise been a career minor leaguer. He brings valuable experience to the table and works well with young pitchers, but is not a realistic option for significant time in the big leagues.
Ashley was sold to the to the Rangers on Wednesday, Adam Rubin of ESPN reports. With Kevin Plawecki being called up to as the Mets' third catcher, Ashley's season was about to be over. He slashed .240/.350/.389 to go along with five home runs in 63 games in Triple-A Las Vegas.
Ashley signed a minor league deal that includes an invite to spring training with the Mets on Friday, The Record's Matt Ehalt reports. Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki are the pretty clear top two catchers on the organizational depth chart, so look for Ashley to serve as an organizational soldier in 2016, spending most of the year at Triple-A.
The Brewers have promoted catcher Nevin Ashley and infielder Luis Sardinas from Triple-A Colorado Springs. The 31-year-old Ashley earned his first trip to the majors with a fine season in which he has compiled a slash line of .306/.374/.432 with eight home runs and 61 RBI. Sardinas managed 15 hits in 68 at-bats for Milwaukee in a late spring stint.
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