The Mariners announced that they’ve traded infielder Luis Sardinas to the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Padres have also announced the move, adding that Sardinas has been optioned to Triple-A El Paso, and right-hander Erik Johnson has been moved to the 60-day disabled list in order to create a spot on the 40-man roster.
Seattle designated Sardinas, 23, for assignment last week after he posted a meager .181/.203/.264 slash in 77 big league plate appearances and a similarly uninspiring .252/.295/.276 batting line in 177 Triple-A plate appearances. A disappointing 2016 campaign notwithstanding, Sardinas is a former Top 100 prospect that is a known commodity to San Diego GM A.J. Preller, who signed Sardinas out of Venezuela in 2009 with the Rangers and watched him develop into a well-regarded infield prospect. Sardinas has experience at shortstop, third base and second base in both the Majors and minors, and he’s a career .279/.311/.347 hitter at the Triple-A level even when including this season’s dismal results.