BY SPNW Staff 10:05AM 07/24/2017

Mariners demote Motter after gaffe on bases

INF/OF Taylor Motter was optioned to AAA Tacoma by the Mariners Monday, a day after Motter’s baserunning blunder in the ninth inning of a 6-4 loss to the New York Yankees. The club replaced him later in the day with the signing of veteran free agent INF Danny Espinosa, who was available Monday against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field.

Motter, 27, has appeared in 70 games, hitting .204 with 24 runs scored, 11 doubles, seven home runs and 23 RBI. In his first 18 games this season (April 4-26), he hit .262 with two homers and 10 RBIs. Thereafter. he hit just .180.

Defensively, he has appeared at every position except center field, pitcher and catcher.

Motter Sunday came on as a pinch runner for Nelson Cruz after Cruz opened the ninth with an infield single. New York closer Aroldis Chapman picked off Motter as he leaned too far away from first. Kyle Seager followed with a double that likely would have scored Motter and Seattle’s chances of a comeback died.

The Mariners acquired Motter, with INF Richie Shaffer, from the Tampa Bay Rays Dec. 16 in exchange for minor leaguers INF Dalton Kelly, RHP Andrew Kittridge and RHP Dylan Thompson.

The Mariners began a three-game series with the Red Sox with LHP James Paxton (9-3, 3.05) booked to pitch opposite LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 3.66).


  • Jon

    Baserunning has been a disaster for the M’s for a few years now. Dipoto has acknowledged the problem and vowed to fix it. During spring training this year, Servais assured us they were working on this problem with drills, teaching, etc. The result? The M’s have gotten even worse. Why does Servais still have a job? Perhaps that will change at the end of the season (assuming no miracle finish to break the playoff drought).

    • Steed

      Manager’s don’t get fired in less than 2 seasons, unless they steal something or get arrested. Not Managers of a team that can barely hope to make the playoffs.