The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday that they have claimed outfielder Travis Witherspoon off waivers. Henry Blanco was designated for assignment.
Witherspoon, 24, is a right-handed hitting centerfielder with 60 speed and decent pop — he hit 11 home runs at Double-A Arkansas this season — but a questionable ability to hit for average. He was the Angels’ 12th-round pick in 2009.
He’ll draw some walks and play good defense, but didn’t make the adjustments this season, and for a bat that has to get on base to have value beyond a fifth outfielder, he strikes out a bit too much — 23 percent rate in 2013.
This isn’t an impact move by any means, and likely one that impact the minor league depth more than anything else.