The moves were not unexpected, Friday, as the Mariners added three players to their 40-man roster just ahead of MLB’s deadline for teams to set rosters prior to the Rule 5 draft on December 8.
Seattle added OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (23), 3B Francisco Martinez (21) and SS Carlos Truinfel (21) to its roster which previously sat at 35 and now leaves the Mariners with two openings for free agent additions or trade acquisitions prior to the draft on the 8th.
Since the end of the 2011 season, the 40-man roster for the Mariners has undergone change much like it has for the 29 other teams across the league. Gone are free agents INF Adam Kennedy, DH Wily Mo Pena, P Jamey Wright and C Josh Bard.
Also taken off the 40-man since September were former closer David Aardsma who underwent Tommy John surgery in July and won’t pitch until mid-summer at the earliest and starting pitcher Anthony Vasquez who made five starts as a September call-up.
Those detractions made room for the trio of Martinez, Truinfel and Chiang to all be protected from the Rule 5 draft as well as afford the team leeway to make moves in the coming weeks. One such move could be simply picking up a player off of another squad in the Rule 5 draft.