Kevin Mather, the now-feeble Seattle Mariners CEO whose remarks about provider time manipulation and insensitive comments about now not trying to pay for translators for his avid gamers, isn’t any longer in power in Seattle.
But prime prospect Jarred Kelenic says he’s silent being punished by the organization.
A feeble Mets prospect, Kelenic — widely viewed as one of many head five prospects in all of baseball — did now not signal a crew-friendly extension perfect offseason. And he and his agent are asserting that his failure to discontinuance so has saved him within the minors.
“It was once communicated to Jarred that had he signed that contract, he would appreciate debuted perfect year,’’ Kelenic’s agent, Brodie Scoffield, urged Bob Nightengale of USA Lately. “It was once made crystal clear to Jarred — then and now — that his decision now to now not call him up is per provider time. There’s no ask that if he signed that contract, he would had been within the colossal leagues.”
Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto stated Tuesday that Kelenic is “already on an accelerated course” to the majors.
“I was once extremely upset,’’ Kelenic urged USA Lately about his most modern teach. “I labored extremely difficult all offseason. And perfect year, here you appreciate gotten a crew that’s one game out of the playoffs going into the very best weeks of the season. I know for a truth I might per chance appreciate helped that crew out. No longer staunch me, nonetheless there are assorted guys who might per chance appreciate helped that crew out.
“Now to now not be provided that replacement was once so previous worrying. I accept as true with that guys must be rewarded for their play, and appreciate the suitable guys on the field, critically at the same time as you focus on about a crew that hasn’t long previous to the playoffs in 20 years, and your finest prospects are staunch sitting there gazing.’’
By retaining Kelenic within the minors, the Mariners are delaying the originate of his provider time clock, which delays the year he will attain free company.
The 21-year-veteran Kelenic, whose inclusion by the Mets within the commerce that introduced Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to Queens sooner than the 2019 season, was once viewed as a sizable misstep at the time. And it’s aged even worse.
Kelenic’s colossal league debut is anticipated to come abet at some level this season.