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Aug 21, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs pinch hitter Cole Gillespie (2) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 21, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs pinch hitter Cole Gillespie (2) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Some More Minor Moves

The Mariners continue to make minor moves to round out the lower levels of the organization.

They signed Cole Gillespie and Matt Palmer to minor league deals.

I quipped that the Mariners signed a northwest native, former Oregon State University baseball player and free agent outfielder….just not the one we originally wanted.

But I like the move, I think if he makes the club (assuming he will if there is an injury to Franklin Gutierrez, Logan Morrison or Corey Hart) he would be a welcome addition to the team.

The Palmer signing is a bit more confusing. Perhaps they are hoping he regains the form he had when he went 11-2 with the Angels. But at the age of 34, that seems more and more like it was a fluke year.

Also, Chance Ruffin – who was designated for assignment to make room for Guti – cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A Tacoma.

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