Mariners Insider Blog

Mariners trade for Craig Wilson formerly of the Pirates

Maybe the Mariners have found their short-term replacement for Richie Sexson in former Pirates 1B/OF Craig Wilson, who they've apparently traded for a player to be named later, according to the Associated Press.

Wilson is hitting .230 with 10 homers and 27 RBI at Triple A Indianapolis.

Are those numbers better than Bryan LaHair's?

No. LaHair is hitting .256 with 12 homers and 49 RBI, .353 OBP, .461 SLG. I don't know what LaHair has done not to at least get a token call up. Maybe he's not an every day first baseman, but I'd rather see him there than Sexson or Vidro or Cairo or Wilson at this point.

Wilson played regularly in 2004, hitting .264 with 29 home runs and 82 RBI in 155 games, but posting a franchise-record 169 strikeouts in 561 at-bats.

On a plus note, he led the Major Leagues at being hit by pitches in 2002 (21) and 2004 (30).

Wilson tied the Major League single-season record for pinch-hit home runs with seven in 2001

Um, I really have nothing to say about this other than Wilson is probably just a body to fill in. He'd have to be added to the 40-man roster to make the Mariners.