Wednesday night, Chris Taylor was removed from his game with the Tacoma Rainiers in AAA because of an impending recall back to the Major Leagues with the Seattle Mariners. It was unsure who exactly would be sent down or DFA’d at the time, but that has been cleared up Thursday morning via the Twitter page of Mariners utility-man Willie Bloomquist, thanking the Mariners for his time at the club.
Just want to thank all of you Mariner fans for a lifetime of memories in a mariner uniform. Can’t thank you enough for 7 1/2 memorable yrs!
— Willie Bloomquist (@williebloom) July 2, 2015
The club has not confirmed as of 11:00 am PST, but this tweet probably spills the beans a bit early.
Bloomquist’s role with the Mariners was utility-man and at this point in the season, there wasn’t a spot for him on the team as Franklin Gutierrez has taken over as the righty-hitting outfielder and Taylor will now take that same role as an infielder making Bloomquist the odd man out.
This is Bloomquist’s second spell with with the Mariners as he has spent the last two seasons with the club and began his career in Seattle. In 2015, he hit just .159 with a .368 OPS. At the age of 37, this very well may be the last team he plays for and because of his service time, he can elect free agency or be outrighted to the Minors, but chances are he will elect free agency.
As for Taylor, he was brought up in May and played in about 20 games for the big league club, hitting just .159 in that time before being sent back down. His role right now will most likely be as a backup infielder who will more than likely get the start at shortstop instead of lefty hitting Brad Miller against lefty starting pitchers.
Taylor will be in Oakland Thursday night where the Mariners start a four game series against the A’s.
The Mariners will have to make another roster move come Saturday when their Rule-5 pick David Rollins, a lefty reliever, is able to return from a PED suspension.