The Seattle Mariners now have nothing to show for the blockbuster 2010 trade that sent former Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee to Texas.
Right-hander Blake Beavan, one of the key elements in the deal, is one of 13 minor league players from the Mariners’ organization who became free agents earlier in the week.
Beavan, 25, spent most of this season at Triple-A Tacoma after recovering from a shoulder injury suffered April 15 at Texas in his only big-league start of the season.
The injury sidelined Beavan for three months, and he pitched primarily as a reliever after his return. He was 4-1 with a 3.69 ERA in 19 games but only two starts, for the Rainiers.
The Mariners cut Beavan from their 40-man roster on Aug. 2 by sending him to Tacoma on an outright assignment after he cleared waivers.
Beavan’s departure follows the Oct. 28 loss of first baseman Justin Smoak in a waiver claim to Toronto.
The Mariners acquired Beavan, Smoak, reliever Josh Lueke and infielder Matt Lawson from Texas on July 9, 2010 for Lee and reliever Mark Lowe. Beavan (2007) and Smoak (2008) were former first-round draft picks.
Beavan flashed potential on occasion — he won 11 games in 2012 — but he was 16-20 overall for the Mariners with a 4.61 ERA in 54 career big-league games.
The list of new minor league free agents includes five other players who spent all or most of their season at Tacoma:• Outfielder Xavier Avery, 24, who batted .275 with a .344 on-base percentage and a .413 slugging percentage in 120 games.
• Utilityman Leury Bonilla, 29, who compiled a .234/.291/.320 slash in 90 games.
• Right-handed pitcher Logan Kensing, 32, who was 6-3 with a 3.58 ERA in 49 games.
• Infielder Gabriel Noriega, 24, who compiled a .275/.299/.360 slash in 108 games, including 101 at Tacoma.
• Utilityman Nate Tenbrink, 27, who played just 29 games because of a back injury. He had a .237/.310/.368 slash in 23 games at Tacoma.
Others who qualified for free agency: outfielder Burt Reynolds; left-handed pitchers Joselito Cano and Nick Hill; and right-handed pitchers Moises Hernandez, Luis Jimenez, Ricardo Pereira and Stephen Shackleford.
YOUNG WINS AGAIN
Mariners right-hander Chris Young, who recently became a free agent, completed his sweep of the major awards that recognize a comeback player of the year in each league.
Young won Major League Baseball’s officially sanctioned American League award Friday after previously gaining recognition from his peers with a Players Choice Award and one from The Sporting News .
Miami third baseman Casey McGehee was the National League recipient.
MLB determines its award through a vote of MLB.com’s 30 beat writers, who choose a winner from a list of one nominee from each club.
All three groups chose Young, 35, after he resurrected his career by going 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA for the Mariners. He underwent three shoulder surgeries in recent years and pitched just 37 innings in 2013.