The Mariners, it seems, were caught off guard by revelations that one of the four prospects they received in the Cliff Lee trade, Class AA pitcher Josh Lueke, had pleaded no contest to a charge of false imprisonment with violence against a woman who had gone to his apartment two years ago.
Mariners president Chuck Armstrong, who has along history of supporting women's groups and others who advocate against violence towards women, told me this morning he was stunned when news of the no-contest plea came out.
"I was not aware of that before we acquired him,'' Armstrong said. "And it is going to be addressed.''
Armstrong suggested I speak to GM Jack Zduriencik about how it was being addressed.
So, I spoke to Zduriencik moments ago, and he told me Lueke had been flown into Seattle by the team for a face-to-face meeting with him and minor league director Pedro Grifol. Zduriencik wouldn't say exactly when the interview took place, but I'm now told it was this morning and may actually still be ongoing.
"We had a degree of information and we have flown Josh in for a face-to-face,'' Zduriencik said. "We were satisfied with the interview and it's an issue that's behind us.''