Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/3/14
There's been some scattered news about two of these guys before, but the Mariners waited until after the holidays to make it official, so let's check in with them now. The M's signed outfielder Cole Gillespie, RHP Matt Palmer, and RHP Ramon Ramirez to minor league deals, including a ticket to Peoria. They're all solid moves, and one of them could be great. Here's what you need to know. Cole Gillespie: Gillespie is a right-handed outfielder, age 29, who has bounced around three organizations during his minor league career. He's been a good, not great hitter at AAA, where he's played almost exclusively since 2009. He hasn't gotten many cracks at the big league level, but did get in 25 games here and there for the Cubs in 2013. He's not a big base stealer, but he's regarded as an excellent baserunner. Gillespie's main and most enticing tool is his plate patience. He's averaged between an 11% to 14% walk rate over the past few years, even putting up a .405 OBP in 2011 and .390 in 2012. He doesn't have great power, but his speed has helped him carry a high BABIP throughout his minor league career. Steamer has him down for a 95 wRC+ in 2013, and Oliver sticks him at 82. Gillespie has weird splits, hitting RHP better in 2013, LHP better in 2012, and crushing both in 2011.
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