Today the Seattle Mariners claimed OF Scott Cousins off waivers from the Blue Jays. Last season Cousins had lines of .163/.200/.267/.467 with the Marlins. This move doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the Mariners. He will not provide the outfield offense that the M’s are so desperately looking for. He has only 2 home runs in 175 plate appearances. Cousins is best known as the player that collided at home with Giants catcher Buster Posey suffered a broken ankle.
The most logical reason for this move is to provide bench depth. Cousins can play all 3 outfields positions and could come off the bench as a pitch runner. He could also be brought into provide depth in the Mariners minor league systems. Hopefully this will be a precursor to bigger outfield moves to come in the next couple of months.