Yesterday, Brandon Funston made the following comment in the MLB Skinny:
If Seattle GM Bill Bavasi plans to keep his job much longer, he'd better figure out a way to get (Jeff) Clement into the Mariners lineup.
Elsewhere in the Seattle area, the Post-Intelligencer's John Hickey was making this observation:
It seems only a matter of time, perhaps days, before catcher Jeff Clement is called up from Triple-A Tacoma to join the Mariners. The Mariners are struggling to score runs, and Clement, a former No. 1 draft pick, tantalizes from afar with his .384 batting average, .685 slugging percentage, seven doubles, five homers and 19 RBIs in 73 at-bats over 22 games.
After going 3-for-5 last night, the 24-year-old Clement is actually hitting .397 for Tacoma. His OPS is 1.227. He's drawn 22 walks in 23 games, and he's only struck out 12 times. Last season he hit .275/.370/.497 with 20 home runs at Triple-A.
Seattle should be ready, too.
Catcher Kenji Johjima is batting .197 and DH Jose Vidro is at .195. Clement could backup and/or take over either of those lineup spots. He's available in the player pool because he was called up last September -- he hit .375 with two home runs in 16 at bats -- but Clement is only owned in 0.03 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He's a great speculative add right now.
Clement will only qualify at UTIL initially, but he'll just need five starts at catcher to gain eligibility there, too. In A.L.-only leagues and two-catcher formats, he should already be on someone's roster.
Brad Evans was all over Clement in the Catcher Primer, by the way:
If (Clement) scorches this spring, look for John McLaren to find creative ways to get him into the lineup regularly. Given Richie Sexson's proneness for epic droughts, the rookie could earn at-bats splitting time between first, catcher and DH.