Jack Z is not done yet. His phone rang about 20 times during our pregame press conference, perhaps this is a reason why.
Just received word that the Mariners have sent recently DFA'd outfielder Wladimir Balentien to the Cincinnati Reds for right-handed pitcher Robert Manuel.
From the release ...
Manuel, 26, has appeared in three games for the Reds and has not allowed a run in 4.1 innings. He was recalled from AAA Louisville on July 7 and made his Major League debut July 9 at Philadelphia (1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO). He was optioned back to Louisville on July 19 and recalled again on Sunday. In 36 relief appearances at Louisville, was 3-4 with 10 saves and a 2.70 ERA (14 ER, 46.2 IP).
In 2008, Manuel received a MiLB.com This Year in Baseball Award as the best reliever in the minor leagues. In 52 games split between Sarasota (A), Chattanooga (AA) and Louisville (AAA), Manuel went 6-3 with 3 saves and a 1.25 ERA (12 ER, 86.2 IP). He was originally signed by the New York Mets as a non-drafted free agent in 2005 out of Sam Houston State University.
Balentien, 25, was designated for assignment on Sunday (July 26) and the club had 10 days to trade, release or outright him to the minor leagues. Balentien hit .213 (33x155) with 10 doubles, 4 home runs and 13 RBI in 56 games with the Mariners this season.