07/29/09 4:40 PM ET
Mariners acquire Wilson, Snell from Bucs
Seven-player swap sends Clement, four others to Pittsburgh
By Bob Sherwin / Special to MLB.com
In the deal, the Mariners traded Clement, who was playing for Triple-A Tacoma, shortstop Ronny Cedeno and Minor League right-handers Nathan Adcock, Brett Lorin and Aaron Pribanic."What we acquired here is a very talented defensive shortstop,'' Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said of Wilson. "He set several records of error-less games. He's a feisty player. I think you're going to like watching this guy play. "In my conversation with him, I thought he'd be a little disappointed in leaving and an organization that he basically grew up in ... but he was very excited. He was like, 'Wow, I know you guys are in a pennant race. This is exciting.' I told him how much we wanted him.'' Wilson, 31, had spent his entire Major League career with the Pirates. He has the fourth-highest fielding percentage among all Major League shortstops (.980) since 2006. He has made 1,112 starts at shortstop, sixth most in the Majors since his rookie season in '01. He has a career .978 fielding percentage, fourth-highest among active players (min. 650 game). Wilson, a National League All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner in 2004, is a career .269 hitter in 1,159 career games with the Pirates. This season, he is hitting .267 with 18 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 31 RBIs. The Pirates were playing in San Francisco, so Wilson had hoped to make it to the Mariners' dugout before the end of Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays. Snell, 27, went 2-2 with a 0.96 ERA in six starts with Triple-A Indianapolis this season, striking out 47 in 37 1/3 innings. He started the season with the Pirates and was 2-8 with a 5.36 ERA in 15 starts. Since making his Major League debut with Pittsburgh in '04, Snell has compiled a 33-46, 4.75 mark in 128 games (116 starts). Zduriencik said acquiring Snell is not related to any other possible deal, such as the rumors involving left-hander Jarrod Washburn. "It has has nothing to do what might happen,'' he said. "We got Ian Snell because he has a very nice arm. If we can get him back on track, he's a pitcher we can add to our Major League club. "I just think he gives us a guy with three-plus years of experience, more than some of the guys we have on our staff right now. We'll see when he gets here.'' Asked why Snell struggled with the Pirates earlier this season, Zduriencik said, "I don't think it's injury related. He's still throwing in the mid-90s. We sent [scout] Kenny Medeja in there a few days ago and he sat on Ian Snell. Kenny came back with a real good report on him. He has a live arm, he has more strikeouts per inning, his ERA is under 1.00. So Kenny was in a large part responsible.'' Snell may start out at Triple-A Tacoma. Clement, 25, was hitting .288 with Triple-A Tacoma this season. In parts of two Major League seasons in Seattle, he hit .237 (52-for-219) with 11 doubles, one triple and seven home runs. He didn't live up to his expectations when the Mariners took him with the third overall pick in 2005. "I think it comes back to the pieces you get back in return. I don't think this deal is related to anything else,'' said Zduriencik, when asked if he lost regard for Clement. "This deal in itself is the fact that you answered the question at shortstop for a number of years. "Whenever you get talent, you have to give up talent. That's what it amounts to. Then you have to weigh: Does this deal fit us? And it did. We addressed two nice needs with this move and you have to give up talent to get talent.'' Cedeno, 26, was hitting .167 with four doubles, two triples and five home runs. He was in a 0-for-26 slide. "I didn't want to lose Ronny Cedeno and I held out,'' Zduriencik added. "But they wanted him in the deal.'' Adcock was 5-7, 5.29 in 21 games (19 starts) with High Desert in the California League this season. Lorin (5-4, 2.44 in 16 games) and Pribanic (7-6, 3.21 in 17 games) were both pitching with Clinton in the Midwest League.
Bob Sherwin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.