It's been a fast and furious morning to say the least. The Cliff Lee deal will get the national publicity, but nobody is busier than the Mariners right now. Word just broke that Wladimir Balentien has been traded to the Reds for Robert Manuel.
It was only a matter of time before Balentien got traded once he was designated for assignment. This is hardly a shocking deal. Manuel is a 26-year-old right-handed reliever with decent numbers. Of particular note is how few home runs he has given up, despite being a fly-ball pitcher. Nothing special, but a guy that should be able to get the job done in middle relief if needed.
The most remarkable part of this deal is that it happened today. I am impressed that Jack Z can juggle so much at once and make things happen. That's two trades and one draft signing in roughly three hours. A total of 10 players are involved in the three transactions. Madness.