The Seattle Mariners have traded SS Brendan Ryan to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later. Undoubtedly, this move was made in part to the emergence of rookie SS Brad Miller, forcing Ryan into a part-time role.
“It’s an opportunity for [him] to go somewhere and compete,” manager Eric Wedge said. “They were interested in him, so that was the move we made.”
Ryan was acquired by Seattle on Dec. 12, 2010, in a trade from St. Louis. His Seattle career ends with a total of 351 games for Seattle, batting .215 with 48 doubles, six triples and nine home runs.
If the Yankees make the playoffs, Ryan would be ineligible for postseason play. New York is currently two games behind the Rays for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.
Mariners open 2014 season in Anaheim
For the 6th straight season, the Seattle Mariners will open the season on the road. According to the tentative 2014 schedule released Tuesday, the M’s will open the season Monday March 31, in Anaheim.
The home opener at Safeco Field is scheduled for Tuesday April 8, against those same Angels.
For Interleague play, the M’s will settle in on the National League East with home visits featuring the New York Mets (July 21-23), Atlanta Braves (Aug. 5-6) and Washington Nationals (Aug. 29-31). The Mariners will also travel to Miami (April 18-20), Atlanta (June 3-4) and Philadelphia (Aug. 18-20). Capping off the Interleague schedule is a four-game series against San Diego. Two in Seattle (June 16-17) and two in San Diego (June 18-19).
By the end of April, we will have a pretty good idea whether or not the M’s will contend for the AL West. 22 of their first 25 games are against AL West division opponents.
The official schedule will be finalized in January.