Mariners Release Scott Baker

The Mariners have released Scott Baker after the starter upon his request, reports Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com (via Twitter). The veteran righty was an Article XX(B) free agent.

Baker, 32, has not seen substantial MLB action since 2011, when he threw 134 2/3 innings of 3.14 ERA ball for the Twins. He joins a growing list of available starters who will be looking for new homes before the start of the season. It would appear that the Mariners will choose two of Randy Wolf, Roenis Elias, and Blake Beavan to round out the rotation to start the year. 


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20 Comments on "Mariners Release Scott Baker"


johnsilver
1 year 4 months ago

Still holding out hopes Boston will give them Capuano somehow.

Alberto Gomez
1 year 4 months ago

Wolf and Elias, 4th and 5th spots

John Kreese
1 year 4 months ago

So since the beginning of spring training the M’s go from having likely one LHP (Paxton) to three (add Wolf & Elias). Crazy!

DogleggedWalnut
1 year 4 months ago

They are strickly placeholders though. Kuma and Taijuan will take their spots easily.

Arndt Miles
1 year 4 months ago

felix

erasmo ramirez

james paxton

randy wolf

roenis elias

and wolf or elias will probably be out of the job when kuma comes back

GonzoBlogger
1 year 4 months ago

When Walker and Iwakuma are ready, Wolf will likely go into the pen in long LHP relief. Elias may well supplant Erasmo Ramirez with one or the other going to AAA since both have options (Elias is actually 25 and Ramirez, with more MLB experience, is just 23 years old).

And there’s no guaranteeing that Walker or Paxton won’t struggle which is why I don’t think they cut Wolf.

M’s fans have suffered through several years of position player auditioning (not all that successfully for the most part). Now the young pitchers during Zduriencik’s tenure have arrived and it will be musical chairs for Walker, Paxton, Ramirez, and Elias for two or three spots depending on how well Wolf does.

Hills of Glenallen
1 year 4 months ago

The Cubs spent way too much money on him last year for just a handful of games, he should come back to them on the cheap to make up for it.

Bernard Middlebrook
1 year 4 months ago

I saw Baker pitch this spring. Believe me, you don’t want him on the team, even if he pitches for free. 7 BBs, 3 HBPs, ONE STRIKEOUT this spring.

twooutssowhat
1 year 4 months ago

The 3 HBP were all back-to-back-to-back though, that’s exciting!

Rene2331
1 year 4 months ago

Paging Mr. Theo Epstein

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 4 months ago

It sure wont be Beaven that wins a rotation spot. He gave up 7ers today.

GD
1 year 4 months ago

I’ve been tired of Beaven for a LONG time. He was horrible yet again today. Sadly, I was ‘hoping’ he would get beat up today just so he wouldn’t make the rotation. I’m not fond of Wolf either, but he’s better than Beaven. After Baker’s last outing I knew he’d be packing his bags. Don’t know how Seattle is gonna make it through April…this is not good at all until Walker and Iwakuma get back…NOT GOOD!

Seanb1223
1 year 4 months ago

The rest of the AL West says hello. They’re all in the same boat.

Hills of Glenallen
1 year 4 months ago

The Astros are healthy lol

Hills of Glenallen
1 year 4 months ago

The Astros are healthy lol

macdice
1 year 4 months ago

Freddy Garcia??

Metsfan93
1 year 4 months ago

“after the starter upon his request” sort of sounds like two statements mixed together.

KJ4realz
1 year 4 months ago

Phillies!!??

alexamato
1 year 4 months ago

don’t get how Baker wont make the rotation but Wolf will..

docmilo5
1 year 4 months ago

Wolf has been able to throw strikes and limit damage. It’s only for about 30 days anyways.