By Shannon Drayer
Update: The Mariners have made it official: Robert Andino has been designated for assignment, while Jesus Sucre and Carlos Triunfel are on their way up from Triple-A Tacoma.
The Mariners, according to a report from Dave Cameron, have placed Robert Andino on outright waivers in order to make room for Jesus Sucre on the 40-man roster. Furthermore, I have learned that shortstop Brad Miller is headed to Triple-A Tacoma from Double-A Jackson.
The team has not confirmed either report, but if correct we most likely will see Carlos Triunfel heading to Seattle with Sucre.
Triunfel is on the 40-man roster and can step into Andino’s place immediately. As I said Thursday on “Seattle Sports at Night”, he would get the call over Nick Franklin for multiple reasons, the first being that the Mariners would like to see Franklin sustain his Triple-A success a little while longer before making a move.
Also, they would like to get a look at Triunfel, who has been in the Mariners organization for seven years. After this year he has one option remaining so time is running out to see just what he is at the big-league level.
One thing to note: An Andino move may have nothing to do with clearing a spot for Sucre as I was told that a minor leaguer would be removed from the roster in order to do that. Things easily could have changed in the past 48 hours and perhaps this is the only move we will see today. If not, assuming I am right about Triunfel, another move is coming. Stay tuned.