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Quiroz Claimed off Waivers by Mariners

"Kid, you better change your feathers, 'cause you'll never fly with those things"

  - Dan Bejar

According to, Guillermo Quiroz has been claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners. With Kenji Johjima firmly entrenched as the starter, Quiroz's playing time will likely be limited.

It became obvious that he wouldn't get much of an opportunity to prove his worth as a Blue Jay, but I'm not sure that won't be the case as a Mariner, either. Let's hope his 2003 season wasn't simply an aberration.

Even though Gregg Zaun's going on the DL, the Jays chose not to keep the 24-year-old Quiroz, suggesting that they had lost all faith in his ability to play in the majors. We like the pickup for Seattle. Quiroz has more offensive potential than Rene Rivera, and he's hardly a liability defensively. He's not going to be a long-term regular for the Mariners, who have Kenji Johjima for three years and Jeff Clement on the way, but he could spend the year as a backup and then become trade bait.