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Jeff Clement

The Mariners promoted 2005 1st round pick C Jeff Clement to AAA straight from the AA disabled list.

This is an interesting development on two fronts.  The first is the fact that the M's signed Japanese catcher Kenji Johjima to a three-year $19.5 million contract prior to this season.  While his bat has cooled after a hot start to the season, he has not been bad.

The second is Clement had only 59 ABs at AA and 183 total in his professional career with 8 HRs, 19 BBs and 33 ks.  Those totals that are not eye-popping.

Neither front would seem to necessitate rushing Clement (and some could argue beginning him at AA was a bit of a rush, too.)  

I do not know what to make of this but its strangeness bears watching.