Mariners get reliever Manuel from Reds
Busy Seattle front office sends Balentin to Cincinnati
SEATTLE -- The trade winds were blowing at full force around Safeco Field on Wednesday.
Shortly after the team announced a seven-player deal that sent Ronny Cedeno and four others to Pittsburgh in exchange for Jack Wilson and Ian Snell, the Mariners announced they had traded outfielder Wladimir Balentien to Cincinnati for right-handed reliever Robert Manuel.Balentien was designated for assignment Sunday, and the team had 10 days to release, trade or outright him to the Minor Leagues. He was hitting /213 with four home runs and 13 RBIs for the Mariners this season.
The 25-year-old Balentin didn't develop into the hitter the organization had hoped he would, unable to establish himself as the everyday left fielder this season after Endy Chavez went down with a knee injury.Manuel, 26, made his Major League debut this season, appearing in three games for the Reds while allowing five hits and no runs. He received an MiLB.com This Year in Baseball award as the best reliever in the Minor Leagues in 2008. Manuel was 3-4 at Triple-A Louisville with a 2.70 ERA this season before being called up by the Reds. He'll be optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.
Christian Caple is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.