The Mariners announced that they have signed right-hander Austin Voth to a one-year major league deal. Their 40-man roster is now full. Robert Murray of FanSided reported the deal prior to the official announcement, relaying that the Beverly Hills Sports Council client will make $1.25MM.
Voth, 32 in June, has pitched in each of the past six MLB seasons with mixed results. He has tossed 299 1/3 innings between the Nationals and Orioles, allowing 4.90 earned runs per nine. His 21.6% strikeout rate and 8.5% walk rate are both in realm of typical league average.
In 2023, Voth missed over two months of the season due to elbow discomfort. When healthy enough to take the mound, he posted a 5.19 ERA over 25 relief outings. He was outrighted by the Orioles in September and elected free agency at season’s end.
Voth is out of options and will have to stick on the club’s active roster or else be removed from the 40-man entirely. He has worked both as a starter and as a reliever in his career but he wouldn’t have an obvious path to a rotation job in Seattle. The club’s starting mix already includes Luis Castillo, George Kirby, Logan Gilbert, Anthony DeSclafani, Bryan Woo, Bryce Miller and Emerson Hancock.
DeSclafani has a notable injury history while each of Woo, Miller and Hancock have less than a full year in the majors. Plus, the Mariners are one of the most aggressive clubs in terms of making trades, so perhaps the picture will change, but Voth will project to be in the club’s bullpen for now.
Curiously, he’s actually fared much better out of the rotation so far in his career, with a 4.23 ERA as a starter and a 5.89 ERA out of the ’pen. But those aren’t huge sample sizes, with 178 2/3 innings out of the rotation and 120 2/3 as a reliever. He’s been fairly inconsistent overall but once looked like a breakout rotation candidate and could perhaps put it together as a reliever in Seattle. The Mariners have been fairly adept at helping pitchers bloom relatively late, with Paul Sewald and Justin Topa just a couple of recent examples. If things go well this year, the Mariners can retain him for 2025 via arbitration.