Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto today announced the following roster moves:
• Dan Robertson (OF) outrighted to AAA Tacoma.
• Rob Rasmussen (LHP) claimed off waivers by Los Angeles (AL).
After today’s transactions, the Mariners 40-man roster remains at 40 players.
Robertson, 30, was designated for assignment on Dec. 18 to make room on the roster for Hisashi Iwakuma. He was claimed off waivers on Nov. 6 after spending last season in the Angels organization, including two stints in the Majors where he hit .280 (21×75) with 10 runs, 2 doubles and 7 RBI in 37 games while playing in left field (27 G, 11 GS), center field (7 G, 4 GS) and right field (1 G). He began the season with AAA Salt Lake where he hit .265 (65×245) with 27 runs, 16 doubles, 1 home run and 20 RBI in 60 games. Also appeared in two games with the AZL Angels.
In parts of two Major League seasons with the Angels (2015) and Rangers (2014), he has combined to hit .274 (69×252) with 33 runs, 11 doubles, 1 triple and 28 RBI in 107 games. In eight minor league seasons in the Padres, Rangers and Angels organizations, he has hit .299 (892×2979) with 529 runs, 165 doubles, 34 triples, 27 home runs, 334 RBI and a .377 on-base percentage in 793 games. He was originally drafted by San Diego in the 33rd round of the 2008 June Amateur Draft out of Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR).
Rasmussen, 26, was designated for assignment on Dec. 14 to make room on the roster for Steve Cishek. He was acquired by Seattle from Toronto on July 31, 2015, as part of a four-player deal. He was 2-1 with a 10.67 ERA (14.1 IP, 17 ER) in 19 games with the Mariners last season. He also appeared in 1 game in 2015 with the Jays (1.0 IP, 1 SO). In parts of two MLB seasons (2014-15), he has a career mark of 2-1, 7.09 (26.2 IP, 21 ER) in 30 games.