Kings in Spring (March 3)

A few things via the Seattle Mariners to pass along…

Right-hander Yoervis Medina (’10) made his spring debut in relief for the Mariners yesterday following two sparkling innings from current “it” prospect Michael Pineda and another scoreless frame from Jamey Wright.  Medina gave up two runs — both coming on a Juan Miranda homer — and a total of three hits over his one inning of work and took the loss as Seattle fell, 5-3.  Justin Smoak (’08) went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts, dropping his Cactus League average to .125.

The Mariners (2-1-1) take on left-hander John Danks (’04), last year’s LumberKings bobblehead honoree, as they head to Camelback Ranch to face the Chicago White Sox today at 2:05 PM central.  I visited Camelback Ranch last year and it quickly became my favorite spring facility.

In other news, the Mariners shipped infielder Matt Lawson (’08) to the Cleveland Indians along with cash in exchange for left-hander Aaron Laffey.  The 25-year-old Lawson finds himself traded for the second time since July (he came to Seattle via the Texas Rangers in the Cliff Lee deal)…the former LumberKing hit .293 with 26 doubles, seven triples, nine homers and 56 RBI combined between double-A Frisco (Rangers) and double-A West Tenn. (Mariners).  Laffey, meanwhile, was 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA in five starts with the Indians and also rehabbed at just about every level of their system last year — including Clinton foe Lake County.

Good luck to the Law-dog as he moves from Peoria to Goodyear.   His move gives me another reason to check in with Indians’ camp aside from Grady Sizemore (’01).


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