Not really a huge surprise, but Kenji Johjima is opting out of the remainder of his contract and returning to Japan. It was rumored earlier this year that he was considering this option. All of us as Mariner fans wish him luck
The 2007 first round pick Phillipee Aumont is playing the role of closer for the AFL Javelinas. So far, he has only had one appearance and pitched a perfect inning. He experienced some arm troubles in his starter role in “A” ball, so moving him to a closer/relief role could be a wise move. He should receive an invite to Spring Training.
Josh Wilson is also on the Javelinas roster. I am not sure what his role will become in the organization if he does not win the closer job someday. My guess, if Aumont pans out, Wilson is traded for some offense. Just a hunch.