Colome inks minor-league contract with Mariners

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Let go by both the Nationals and Brewers last season after allowing 18 runs in 21 innings, Jesus Colome has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mariners.
His numbers last year weren’t pretty, but 21 innings is small sample, Colome’s average fastball still clocked in at 94.7 miles per hour, and his ERAs in the previous five seasons were 4.50, 3.27, 4.57, 3.82, and 4.31.
Once viewed as a potential closer while coming up through the minors, Colome never quite figured out how to turn a mid-90s fastball into tons of strikeouts and has a 4.66 ERA in 409 career innings. However, the Mariners aren’t especially deep in established bullpen options and Colome is certainly still capable of tossing 60 innings with a 4.50 ERA.
I’d say this is another solid, low-cost pickup for general manager Jack Zduriencik, but yesterday my favorite Mariners blogger suggested that maybe we ought to tone down the pro-Zduriencik stuff for a while so the backlash doesn’t hit before the team actually starts winning.

Braves designate Josh Collmenter for assignment

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Last night Braves reliever Josh Collmenter surrendered three homers and seven runs in the 10th inning of a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He came into the game when it was tied 5-5 so, yeah, ouch. Today Collmenter is on his way to no longer being a Braves reliever as he has been designated for assignment.

Collmenter made 11 appearances for the Braves, going 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in 17 innings. If he doesn’t latch on someplace else he can take heart that his final act in the big leagues was striking out former MVP Andrew McCutchen. If only he hadn’t surrendered consecutive homers to David Freese, Jose Osuna and Jordy Mercer just before that. Oh well. Take the good with the bad.

Right-hander Matt Wisler, who has been no great shakes in the bigs himself, was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett before today’s series finale against the Pirates. He’s currently throwing mopup duty for Bartolo Colon, who got shelled for seven runs in four innings.

Given how Colon is going, maybe the Braves will be thinking about some more transactions soon.

Wanna feel old? Dusty Baker’s son Darren is graduating from high school

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Remember Darren Baker, the son of Nats manager Dusty Baker? If you do, it’s because you remember him as a three-year-old bat boy for the San Francisco Giants who, during Game 5 of the 2002 World Series, was almost run over at home plate only to be saved by Giants first baseman J.T. Snow. Simple math makes it obvious that the kid is now 18, but it still feels weird that so much time has passed.

Now Darren is graduating from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California, so father Dusty will miss the Washington Nationals weekend series against the San Diego Padres to attend the ceremonies and festivities. Baker will rejoin Washington when they begin a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday. In the meantime, bench coach Chris Speier will assume managerial duties.

Time flies, man.