Infielder Shawn O’Malley and right-handers Jonathan Aro, Casey Lawrence and Evan Marshall among the list of Mariners minor leaguers headed for free agency.
Beyond the notable transactions featuring the 40-man roster, there is also organizational movement of minor league players, including free agency. These moves are not often released to the media. But Baseball America keeps track of that player movement with the help of Minor League Baseball. On Wednesday, the list of minor league free agents was released. The Mariners had 36 minor leaguers become free agents. Many of them were six-year minor league free agents, meaning they had six years of time in the minor leagues and are were not on a 40-man roster. Others were simply released from the organization.
With general manager Jerry Dipoto’s constant manipulation of the 40-man roster from the rash of injuries this past season, which led to a myriad of player claims and midseason signings and the changing aspects of the organization’s player development philosophy, the high number of minor league free agents isn’t unexpected. Here’s the list for every team from Baseball America.
Here’s a closer look at the Mariners players opting for free agency with their last team played for in parentheses.
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Notes: Aro was part of the forgettable trade that brought Wade Miley to the organization in exchange for Carson Smith and Roenis Elias before the 2016 season. He’s dealt with arm issues since coming to the Mariners. This season, he made 25 appearances, posting a 6-1 record and 3.16 ERA. A fastball that lacked movement and upper level velocity seemed to limit his chances of big league success.
Lawrence was a midseason waiver claim from the Blue Jays. He rode the roster-move shuttle from Seattle to Tacoma, making 23 relief appearances for the Mariners in 2017. Lawrence posted a 2-0 record with a…