Mariners release veteran catcher John Baker

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From beat writer Greg Johns of MLB.com comes word that the Mariners have officially cut ties with veteran catcher John Baker, releasing him from the roster Wednesday evening at Triple-A Tacoma.

Baker, 34, was batting just .161/.185/.194 over 65 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level.

He hasn’t been an effective major leaguer since 2009, when he hit .271/.349/.410 with nine home runs and 50 RBI in 112 games for the Marlins.

Catchers do tend to have nine lives, but we might never see Baker back in the bigs.

Player to be named later in Yan Gomes deal named

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On November 30 the Nationals acquired catcher Yan Gomes from the Indians acquired infielder Andruw Monasterio from the Nationals for Daniel Johnson, Jefry Rodriguez and a player to be named later. The player has now been named: Andruw Monasterio.

Monasterio, an had been acquired by the Nationals from the Cubs in August in the Daniel Murphy deal. Now the 21-year-old infielder is on his way to Cleveland. He hit .267/.363/.338 in high-A ball last season. He’s probably a future utilityman. But hey, at least he now has a name.

[Editor: that’s not how “player to be named” works]

Anyway. Enjoy your Monday.