According to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times, the Mariners have designated former Yankees reliever Kanekoa Texeira for assignment. They now have 10 days to trade Texeira or let somebody claim him off of waivers. He also must stay in the major leagues or be offered back to the Yankees.
Here is what Stone had to say of the Texeira move:
Texeira is a bit more surprising. My feeling is that as long as you’ve gone this far with him, you might as well go all the way. Then, next year, once his Rule 5 obligation to stay in the majors is gone, you can let him develop at the proper pace. It’s not like this Mariners season is oozing with playoff possibilities at this point. And Texeira definitely showed the potential to be a good major-league pitcher down the road, and not a disaster right now. Certainly, the M’s could afford to carry him as the last man on the pitching staff.
Thoughts: Texeira, 24, did not pitch that well in Seattle with a 5.30 ERA, 14 K’s, 10 walks and a 1.71 WHIP in 18.2 innings. I included that last part because despite those poor numbers, it sounds like he made a positive impact on the west coast.
Hopefully the Yankees are able to get him back. At this point though there may be a team desperate enough for relief pitching that they’d be willing to take a chance on him. If the Yankees do get him back though he’ll probably be sent back to Triple-A Scranton at least initially, but thanks to the Mariners his development may actually be beyond what it was if he had stayed in the organization. That means that he could very well be on the short list of call ups after a short time back in the organization.
This is clearly not a huge move, but with the way the bullpen has been struggling adding any arms, especially young live ones, to the organization is a positive move.