# Mariners designate Hector Noesi for assignment

Apr 4, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have designated Hector Noesi for assignment. To fill his spot on the roster, the Mariners have called up 22-year-old right-hander Dominic Leone.

Noesi was acquired along with Jesus Montero in the trade that sent Michael Pineda to the Yankees. He struggled to start the 2014 season, allowing two runs to the Angels in his season debut on Wednesday, and serving up a walk-off solo home run to Coco Crisp in the 12th inning on Thursday night.

Noesi is only 27 years old and will be eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season, so his youth and ability to be cost-controlled could make him attractive to other teams.

Leone has put up impressive numbers in his 97 innings in professional baseball. Last season, split between Single-A and Double-A, Leone posted a 2.25 ERA with 64 strikeouts and 17 unintentional walks in 64 innings. The Mariners will likely use him exclusively in low-leverage situations, but his strikeout potential could make him an attractive option to use in the late innings as the season progresses.

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1. banksatdixie - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

2. rightorwrong12 - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Out of the four games the M’s have played and the 9 ER they have given up, Noesi has given up 3 of them in only 1 inning of work. He shouldn’t have even broken camp with the team.

3. gnrfan8804 - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Havent liked the guy since his first game as a mariner. It was i believe the first, mlb game by yu darvish, seattle got to him early, 5-0 lead. Then noesi quickly gave up that lead, left the game down 7-5. Goodbye, u suck

4. meatcarroll - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

And nothing of value was lost.

Another sterling trade brought to you by Jackass Zduriencik.

• Wesley Clark - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:03 PM

At the time of the trade it seemed like a pretty fair deal. Injuries and Montero not being in shape have really derailed the careers of the key players involved. The Seattle GM can take a lot of heat from a lot of different moves but this really isn’t one of them, in my opinion.

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