Adam Kennedy has been signed to a minor league contract and invited to Spring Training. You might remember him from the 2010 Washington Nationals. Or, more likely, you might not.
This move can’t hurt the M’s. Kennedy swings a decent bat (.320 wOBA last year according to Statcorner.com) and fields his position, second base, fairly well (2.7 Ultimate Zone Rating last season with the Nationals). Kennedy will serve as a backup infielder at both second and third base. In fact, he allows the M’s to simply have Brendan Ryan play the entire season at shortstop, rather than having to play second for four-to-five weeks while Ackley gets his last few cuts against minor-league pitching. He’s better than anyone else the M’s could have called upon to fill that role.
Solid move. Jack Zduriencik continues to prove that he’s one of the best (if not THE best) General Managers in the game at handling the “little things” in roster construction.
(Confession time: the best part of this acquisition is that the Mariners media gets something to write about.)