Seattle Mariners‘ manager Scott Servais has confirmed that Andrew Moore will start tomorrow’s game against the Detroit Tigers, as Sam Gaviglio will start on Saturday. Consequently, Christian Bergman was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma, Tyler Cloyd was designated for assignment and Yovani Gallardo was moved to the bullpen.
Looking at Moore first, the second-round selection from 2015 out of Oregon State, was ranked eighth in the Mariners’ organization by minorleagueball.com. He seems like a No. 4 long term with a bit more upside. While Moore’s fastball typically sits around 91 mph, it can hit 93 mph and he exhibits great control.
Gaviglio was acquired back in 2014 for Ty Kelly. At 27 years of age, he really doesn’t profile as much of a prospect. He seems like a solid enough fill-in, however he seems like a swing-man in the long run.
Bergman had been a back-of-the-rotation guy for the Colorado Rockies over the past few seasons. However, he was an offseason roster causality and was signed as a minor league free agent by Seattle. He got off to a good start in Seattle, but his carriage quickly turned into a pumpkin, leaving him with a 5.44 ERA over 46 1/3 innings pitched. He seems likely to find himself designated for assignment soon enough.
Gallardo to the bullpen isn’t the most surprising move, but still surprising on the surface. Despite posting an unsightly 6.30 ERA, he was still under contract for $11 million with an option for next season, which seems almost guaranteed to be declined for next season. Gallardo has not found success since the 2015 season. He seems likely to have trouble securing a good deal in free agency this winter.
It has been no surprise that the Mariners have seen nearly every rotation option go down to injury from Smyly to Weber. Servais and DiPoto, however, are not ready to throw it in just yet. This is a story that will be interesting to watch in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline.