As expected after the Mariners traded for center fielder Austin Jackson and outfielder Chris Denorfia at the trade deadline, Stefen Romero and James Jones were sent down to Triple-A Tacoma to make room on the 25-man roster.
mariners make it official. James Jones and Stefen Romero sent down to make room for Jackson and Denorfia.
— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) August 1, 2014
Jones, who was called up in May to replace Abraham Almonte– who was just traded to the Padres for Denorfia– has played good defense and flashed his speed on the basepaths since his callup. However, he hasn’t been hitting with any pop, and can’t seem to do anything with offspeed pitches. He was batting .258/.287/.313 on the year for the Mariners.
Romero has been a different story this season, struggling to hit at all, having already spent time down in Triple-A earlier in the year. Romero hit a feeble .196/.236/.31o in 60 games for the Mariners this season. Hopefully an extended stay in Tacoma will allow him to find his patience and rhythm and pop at the plate once again.
Though it’s sad to see those two young guys sent down, it will be refreshing to have two proven Major League outfielders in the lineup from hereon out. Austin Jackson is starting in center and batting leadoff tonight, while Chris Denorfia will be in the 6-hole and playing in right field.