The Seattle Mariners announce another trade this offseason, with a trade that sends veteran catcher, Jesus Sucre to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later.
Sucre was outright released a few days ago and was signed back to Triple-A Tacoma. Sucre, who is a 28-year old catcher has no more minor league options left. So, that left him in a tricky situation.
Sucre has always shaped up as a third catcher for the Mariners and without a Minor League option left, the Mariners wouldn’t be able to option him to Tacoma during the regular season.
The Mariners just claimed another catcher named Tuffy Goswisch from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is 33-years old with an option left, in which he can be moved between Tacoma and Seattle.
The catching situation for the Mariners shapes up like this going into 2017, Mike Zunino will be the primary guy behind the dish, with the veteran Carlos Ruiz backing him up.
I am oddly hopeful this season for the Mariners catchers. I know it has been a train wreck at that position for years now but I think Zunino will have a good year at the plate this season. Ruiz is also a nice added veteran presence who has succeeded at the plate for his entire career.
With those two holding down the catching position, it should shape up to be a productive season for Mariners catchers.
Getting traded to the Rays may have been the move for Sucre’s career and I hope nothing but the best for him down in Tampa Bay. I hope he is able to make the big-leagues and contribute on the Rays roster.
Mariners fans won’t forget you, good luck to you and your family in Tampa Bay, Mr. Sucre!