It is hard to keep track of all the free agent signings in major league baseball, much less minor league baseball. So here is a look at some of the current, former, and possibly future Jackson players and where they have landed this year. Obviously, I could have missed a few, so if I leave someone out, it was not intentional.
You can find a full list of 2011-12 Major League Free Agents and where they have gone by checking out this LINK
Minor League Free Agents Re-Signed by Mariners:
C Chris Gimenez, 29 – split year between AAA Tacoma and Seattle
RHP Moises Hernandez, 27 – played with the Generals last year
LHP Jose Jiminez, 24 – played with A+ High Desert last year
1B Luis Jimenez, 29 – split season between Generals and AAA Tacoma
RHP Scott Patterson, 32 – split season between Generals and AAA Tacoma
SS Luis Rodriguez, 31 – split seasons between AAA Tacoma and Seattle
Moises Hernandez is the older brother of Felix Hernandez. Became valuable out of the Generals pen last year and made some spot starts. Luis Jimenez will most likely head to Tacoma to smash baseballs 500 feet. Scott Patterson is just a great clubhouse guy. Keeps everyone loose and provides great veteran leadership.
Minor League Free Agents Signing with Mariners:
3B Eric Campbell, 26 – finished last season with AA Carolina for the Cincinnati Reds
RHP Matt Fox, 29 – finished last season with AAA Pawtucket for the Boston Red Sox
LHP Steve Garrison, 25 – spent most of the season with AA Trenton for the New York Yankees. (did pitch 1 game for Yanks)
LHP Sean Henn, 30 – spent last season with AAA Las Vegas with the Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Josh Kinney, 32 – battled injuries but pitched in 13 games for the Chicago White Sox
RHP Jeff Marquez, 27 – pitched at every level of the Yankees organization including the major league club
Lastly but not leastly…
C Guillermo Quiroz, 30 – in his year away from the M’s he spent year with AAA Tuscon for the San Diego Padres
Very excited that “Q” has come back to the Mariners organization. The M’s have gone from no catchers to now an influx of catchers. Will imagine he will be getting a chance in spring training, but end up in Tacoma. Excellent clubhouse guy. Eric Campbell has faced the Generals several times over the last few years with both Mississippi (ATL) and Carolina (CIN). Not a top prospect, but could very well end up on the Jackson roster. He is a career .271 hitter with decent power.
Former Jackson Players in New Places:
C Jose Yepez, 30 declared free agency and has signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves.
RHP Dan Cortes, 24 was non-tendered by Mariners and signed with the Washington Nationals
SS Jeff Dominguez, 25 declared free agency but re-signed with the Miami Marlins
C Rene Rivera, 28 elected free agency but re-signed with the Minnesota Twins
RHP Chris Jakubauskas, 33 declared free agency with the Baltimore and has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks
C Jake Fox, 29 elected free agency with the Baltimore Orioles and has signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates
OF Felix Pie, 26 elected free agency with the Baltimore Orioles and has signed with the Cleveland Indians
RHP Mark Prior, 31 declared free agency with the New York Yankees and remains a free agent
2B Callix Crabbe, 28 declared free agency with the Toronto Blue Jays and remains a free agent
SS Oswaldo Navarro, 27 declared free agency with the Houston Astros and remains a free agent
RHP Joe Newby, 29 declared free agency with the Los Angeles Dodgers and remains a free agent
C Travis Scott, 26 has declared free agency with the Pittsburgh Pirates and remains a free agent
RHP Steven Shell, 28 declared free agency with the Atlanta Braves and remains a free agent
SS Ryan Theriot, 32 was non-tendered by the St. Louis Cardinals and remains a free agent
Obviously this is a mix of former Cubs and Mariner farmhands. Jackson was with the Cubs from 98-2006. Then Mariners, 2007-present. Amazing to see a couple of biggest prospects that the Cubs have had (Mark Prior/Felix Pie) scrambling for jobs. Pie ironically will be behind former Jackson CF Ezequiel Carrera in Cleveland who continues to shine.