The Seattle Mariners must decide Wednesday whether to offer 2008 contracts to three players – Ben Broussard, Horacio Ramirez and John Parrish – and most fans would probably keep one and dump the two pitchers.
By the numbers, it would be hard to argue.
Parrish is the easiest call, a 30-year-old left-handed reliever picked up from Baltimore who never had a good game in Seattle. Over eight appearances and 10 1/3 innings, Parrish gave up 22 hits and four walks, finishing with a 6.97 earned run average.
Fans likely would be just as pleased not to see Ramirez back in a Seattle uniform. Obtained last year in the trade that sent Rafael Soriano to Atlanta, Ramirez posted the highest ERA of any American League starting pitcher – 7.16 – while going 8-7.
By the end, Ramirez was pulled in the first inning of his last start. The question the Mariners are asking is whether new pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre can salvage Ramirez.
And then there’s Broussard.
A versatile man off the bench, Broussard played first base, left and right field and batted .280 as a pinch-hitter and .275 for the season, with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 240 at-bats.
Teams have expressed interest in Broussard, but have been unwilling to offer a trade because the belief is Broussard and his $3.55 salary last season will be let go by the Mariners today.
If Seattle non-tenders Broussard, it almost certainly will need to replace him with another left-handed bat off the bench.