On May 21st, Jose Godoy became the 20,000th player to appear in a Major League Baseball game. However, the fame didn’t last long.
Godoy, a 27-year-old catcher, had 37 at-bats with Seattle in 2021, and finished with a .162/.225/.189 slash line while failing to break out as a starting candidate among a lowly group of Mariners catchers. Granted, 37 at-bats isn’t nearly enough time for a player to prove their ability, but Cal Raleigh is the only young, unproven catcher the Mariners are currently willing to give consistent playing time.
Godoy signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as a 17-year-old prospect in 2011, but was never able to break through to the major leagues during his 10 years with the Cardinals. After signing a minor league contract with Seattle in November 2020, he was finally able to make a (historic) leap to the majors this spring when fellow catcher Luis Torrens was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.
Since there isn’t much trade value for Godoy, the Mariners would most likely DFA him during the potential upcoming roster crunch, in hopes that he would go unclaimed on waivers and return to Tacoma as their top catcher.