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Seattle Mariners make seven roster moves on 40-man roster11/20/2008 5:43 PM ET
SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that the club has made seven transactions affecting the 40-man roster. RHP Stephen Kahn, RHP Gabby Hernandez, RHP Marwin Vega and OF Greg Halman have been added to the 40-man roster. RHP Luis Munoz and RHP Tracy Thorpe have cleared waivers and been outrighted to the minor leagues. LHP Eric O'Flaherty has been claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves
With these roster moves, the Mariners 40-man roster is currently at 37 (see attached roster). The Mariners now have 10 countries represented on the 40-man roster (USA, Canada, Venezuela, Australia, Colombia, Japan, Curacao, Holland, Dominican Republic, Cuba).
Halman, 21, was named Mariners 2008 Minor League MVP after hitting .272 (134x492) with 95 runs scored, 29 doubles, 5, triples, 29 home runs, 83 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 128 games combined between Single-A High Desert and Double-A West Tennessee. His 29 home runs led all Mariners farmhands, while he also ranked second in stolen bases and third in RBI. Halman began the season with High Desert and was rated the No. 13 prospect in the California League by Baseball America. He was originally signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on June 26, 2004.
Hernandez, 22, was acquired by the Mariners as a part of the trade that sent Arthur Rhodes to the Florida Marlins on July 31. He went 1-1 with a 5.01 ERA (18 ER, 32.1 IP) in six starts with Double-A West Tennessee after the trade. Prior to joining the Mariners he went 5-8 with a 6.47 ERA (63 ER, 87.2 IP) in 17 starts combined between Triple-A Albuquerque and Double-A Carolina. Hernandez is currently pitching for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League, going 1-5 with an 8.14 ERA (22 ER, 24.1 IP) in seven starts.
Kahn, 24, has not pitched since the 2006 season, missing each of the last two seasons with knee injuries. He missed the entire 2008 season after having anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery on his right knee. The surgery was performed by Mariners Medical Director, Dr. Edward Khalfayan on April 10. He had ACL surgery on his left knee in 2007. Kahn is currently pitching for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League, going 0-1 with one save and an 8.79 ERA (14 ER, 14.1 IP) in 10 appearances (1 GS). Kahn was the Mariners fifth round selection in the 2005 June Draft out of Loyola Marymount University.
Vega, 22, spent the season with Double-A West Tennessee, going 3-3 with 4.72 ERA in 46 games, one start. In 68.2 innings, he allowed 41 runs, 36 earned runs, while striking out 50 and walking 44. Vega limited opponents to a .263 (67x255) average, including a .216 (19x88) clip with runners in scoring position. He was signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on July 16, 2003.
Munoz, 26, was claimed by the Mariners on July 30 after being designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on July 27. The right-hander went 4-7 with a 6.03 ERA in 20 games, 19 starts, combined between Triple-A Indianapolis and Double-A Altoona prior to being acquired by Seattle. He finished the season going 1-2 with a 5.83 ERA (19 ER, 29.1 IP) in seven games, five starts with Double-A West Tennessee.
Thorpe, 27, was claimed by the Mariners after being designated for assignment by Toronto on May 10, going 3-4 with one save and a 6.00 ERA (40 ER, 60.0 IP) combined between Double-A West Tennessee and Triple-A Tacoma. He began the season with Triple-A Syracuse in the International League, going 2-0 with four saves in 13 relief appearances.
O'Flaherty, 23, saw limited action in 2008 dealing with a back injury. He made the Opening Day roster as the Mariners left-handed specialist, but was optioned to the Minor Leagues after going 0-1, 20.25 (15 ER, 6.2 IP). He made 15 appearances with West Tennessee (AA) and Tacoma (AAA), combining to go 1-0, 4.42 (9 ER, 18.1 IP). The Walla Walla native did not make an appearance after June 2 due to his back injury. O'Flaherty went 7-1, 4.47 (26 ER, 52.1 IP) in 56 appearances for the Mariners in 2007. He was originally selected by the Mariners in the sixth round of the 2003 June draft out of Walla Walla High School.
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