The Mariners have agreed with outfielder Jayson Werth to delay the opt-out date in his minor-league agreement, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). Werth joined the organization in late March after wrapping up a seven-year run with the Nationals.
Werth’s deal had included an opt-out opportunity yesterday, per the report. But it was agreed that the date would be pushed back since Werth had recently experienced a hamstring injury. It is not known when the new opt-out opportunity will arise.
Since he has joined the roster at Triple-A Tacoma, Werth has appeared in 27 games and turned in a .219/.315/.417 slash over 111 plate appearances. He has four home runs with a 28:12 K/BB ratio.
Needless to say, those aren’t overwhelming offensive numbers, particularly for a player who just turned 39 and has struggled in the big leagues in recent years. Still, Werth might have earned a MLB promotion had it not been for the M’s recent acquisition of his former outfield mate Denard Span. And he could still be considered for a bench role at some point if an injury arises or if the club decides it would like to have a right-handed-hitting complement for Span.