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All The Right Moves: M’s Waive Garko, Add Sweeney

Mike Sweeney will be on the Mariners' Opening Day roster for the second straight year.

In a move that would have seemed unthinkable a few weeks ago, the Mariners waived first baseman Ryan Garko and added designated hitter extraordinaire Mike Sweeney to the 40-man roster on Tuesday afternoon.

Sweeney is expected to break camp on the team’s 25-man Opening Day roster and, for the second consecutive year, will fill a role for the major league club. In addition to a decent 2009 season (.289 AVG/8 HR/34 RBI), a proven track record (he’s a five time all-star), and the intangibles of a clubhouse leader, Sweeney has had a remarkable spring for a player who was signed as a favor just days before Spring Training began.

To put his spring into perspective, Sweeney leads the ballclub in five major offensive categories: batting average (.517), on-base percentage (.533), slugging percentage (.931), on-base plus slugging percentage (1.464), and total bases (27). He is among the top three hitters in four other categories: doubles (4), triples (1), home runs (2), and RBI (7).

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Garko Signing Results In Messy Keyboards

Sabermetricians blew their load all over the place on Monday when the Mariners announced they had signed Ryan Garko.

The bulky, right-handed hitter will likely serve as part of a platoon at first base with the left-handed hitting Casey Kotchman.

Blessed with a career .887 OPS (on-base-plus-slugging percentage) against left-handed pitching, Garko is exactly the southpaw killer the team has spent the offseason looking for.

Having struck out — or, in some cases, declined to step up to the plate — on bigger names like Vladimir Guerrero, Jason Bay, Matt Holliday, et al, the M’s courted an affordable right-handed power bat that could play the corner outfield or infield positions.

All jokes about Nerdball aside (sabermetrics, to the uninitiated), the team did a great job in landing Garko.

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