Wilkerson, Norton Sent To Minors; Balentein and Clement Come To The Show

Braden MooreAnalyst IApril 30, 2008

Today the Seattle Mariners have called up their two most promising position players, Jeff Clement and Wladimir Balentien.  To make room on the roster, they designated under performing RF Brad Wilkerson and seldom used bench player Greg Norton for assignment.

Finally, after weeks of terrible play and fan frustration, the Seattle Mariners have decided the Brad Wilkerson experiment was a failure.  Fans have been clamering for the front office to make such a move for a very long time.

Wilkerson was signed to try to replace the hole in the outfield that Adam Jones left with the Erik Bedard trade.  Wilkerson's stats rivaled that of what a ham sandwich would produce.  He was hitting a meek .232 with no home runs over the course of the year.

There was some concern over Balentien's health after he injured his knee a little over a week ago.  However, those concerns were alleviated as he returned and hit three home runs in his first game back.

Clement has also shown that he is a viable major league hitter, hitting .375 with two home runs in limited duty last year as a September call up.

After designating Norton and Wilkerson, the Mariners have ten days to either trade, release or send them both down to the minors.  Because both players qualify as veterans, they have the right to refuse to go to the minors and become free agents instead.