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Mariners close to deals with two more pitchers

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on Feb. 11, 2014 at 9:45 am with 7 Comments »
February 11, 2014 9:45 am

PEORIA, Ariz. — The Mariners’ search for a veteran to fill a role in the middle of their rotation now appears likely to include left-hander Randy Wolf and right-hander Zach Miner.

Both are close to reaching minor-league deals that include an invitation to big-league camp, which opens Wednesday when pitchers and catchers report to the Mariners’ renovated spring complex

Wolf, 37, and Miner, 31, each have a history of elbow problems. Wolf missed last season while recovering from a second Tommy John surgery; Miner is still seeking to regain his form after missing the 2010 season.

The club is seeking a veteran — at least one — to serve as a bridge in their rotation from All-Stars Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma to prospects such as Taijuan Walker and James Paxton.

The top candidate for that role appears to be right-hander Scott Baker, another recovering Tommy John patient signed last month to a minor-league deal. He was 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA for Minnesota from 2005-11.

Wolf is 132-117 with a 4.20 ERA in 376 games over 14 seasons with six clubs. He was a combined 5-10 in 2012 with a 5.65 ERA in 30 games for Milwaukee and Baltimore.

He previously underwent Tommy John surgery in 2005.

Miner, 31, is a veteran of five big-league seasons, including four with Detroit, where he was 25-20 in 157 games as a swingman from 2006-09 before suffering an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.

He spent last year in the Philadelphia organization, primarily at Class AAA Lehigh Valley, where he was 5-6 with a 3.90 ERA in 27 games, including 12 starts.

 

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  1. They qualify as veterans but are not projectable as rotation pieces, nor is Baker IMO. I’m still waiting for the decent rotation arm GMZ said he was going to sign. His roster building foibles are somewhat irritating.

  2. Seems Z doesn’t think that Santana or Jimenez are worth the asking price. He certainly could be right there. They need to find 3 decent starters out of these has-beens and Walker, Paxton, Ramirez, and Maurer.

    I’m not a huge fan of Z. Time to put up or shut up. Though the same thing should’ve applied in 2013, and he’s still here. Going to give in to irrational optimism for Spring anyways.

  3. Maurer has good stuff but needs to locate the fastball better and improve his changeup. I think a guy like Baker (who pitched pretty well before TJ) is a bridge for a half-season until Maurer is ready.

  4. dustdevil11 says:

    Already, we can almost hear the Mariner “12′s” yelling, “Maybe next season.”

  5. Quinault says:

    Well I am excited to get some reports from Peoria! We seem to have an open audition for the pitching staff, both the starters and the bullpen. With Rodney as the closer, we now set roles – which will be a welcome change from last year.

    And who knows what the traffic jam in the outfield will produce? Team speed? Power?

    As long as we are healthy will be a force to reckoned with. But all eyes will be on Guti, Hart, LoMo, all the Tommy John recipients, and anybody else I have forgotten.

  6. Palerydr says:

    Too many ifs with this team to get my hopes up. There’s always a chance that somehow they will put it all together guess we’ll just have to see how spring training shakes out and go from there.

  7. A lot of question marks outside of Felix, Cano, and Seager. Hopefully the extended playing time the young guys got last year has them ready to take the next step of their development.

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