According to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times , the Mariners have designated former Yankees reliever Kanekoa Texeira for assignment. They now have 10 days to trade Texeira or let somebody claim him off of waivers. 

Here is what Stone had to say of the Texeira move:

“Texeira is a bit more surprising. My feeling is that as long as you’ve gone this far with him, you might as well go all the way. Then, next year, once his Rule 5 obligation to stay in the majors is gone, you can let him develop at the proper pace. It’s not like this Mariners season is oozing with playoff possibilities at this point. And Texeira definitely showed the potential to be a good major-league pitcher down the road, and not a disaster right now. Certainly, the M’s could afford to carry him as the last man on the pitching staff.”

Texeira, 24, did not pitch that well in Seattle with a 5.30 ERA, 14 K’s, 10 walks, and a 1.71 WHIP in 18.2 innings. 

Hopefully the Yankees are able to get him back. But at this point there may be a team desperate enough for relief pitching that they’d be willing to take a chance on him.

If the Yankees do get him back, though, he’ll probably be sent back to Triple-A Scranton, at least initially. Thanks to his time with the Mariners, his development may be beyond what it was if he had stayed in the Yankees’ organization.

That means that he could very well be on the short list of call ups after minimal time back in the organization.

This is not a huge move, but with the way the Yankees’ bullpen has been struggling, adding any arms—especially young, live ones—to the organization is a positive move.

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