Up until now, unless your name was Eric Byrnes, your job in the Mariners’ organization was safe.
Blow a five-run lead? Safe.
Hit .190? Safe.
Own an ERA over 7.00? Safe.
That all changed on Monday night when finally — FINALLY — the M’s front office made some moves that resulted in players losing their jobs.
Relief pitchers Kanekoa Texeira and Jesus Colome were designated for assignment by the club, all but ending their brief and erratic tenures with the team. Both right-handers appeared in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, in which the bullpen was responsible for blowing a five-run Mariners lead.
Because it’s never too early to hand out progress reports.
*Editor’s note: The following list only applies to players who have logged Major League service time thus far in 2010. Likewise, players who were re-signed to contracts (i.e. Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Sweeney, etc.) are not considered. This report card is solely designed to assess the play of new offseason acquisitions.
Player: Milton Bradley
How acquired: Via trade with the Chicago Cubs, in exchange for pitcher Carlos Silva.