The Mariners have released right-hander Christian Bergman from his minor league contract, as per Tacoma Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto (Twitter link). Seattle signed Bergman in April, after the righty was released from a previous minor league deal with the Cubs during Spring Training.
Bergman, 31, didn’t have much success with Triple-A Tacoma, posting a 9.57 ERA over 26 1/3 innings, allowing a whopping 10 homers over that brief stint. Home runs have been a significant issue for Bergman throughout his career, with a 1.7 HR/9 over 215 2/3 Major League innings with the Rockies and Mariners from 2014-18. This left Bergman with little room for error in his control-heavy arsenal, which lacked a high-velocity fastball or the ability to miss many bats (career 5.4 K/9).