Seattle was thought to be close to their payroll limit after landing the hottest free agent on the market, second basemen Robinson Cano. The Mariners have made some key moves that could help them crack the post-season since the 2001 season where they faced off against the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
The 36 year old right handed closer is coming off a year where he put up a 3.38 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 37 saves with the Tampa Bay Rays. His best year was in 2012 where he posted a beautiful 0.68 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and recorded a career high 48 saves during his first year in Tampa.
Now that he’ll be reporting to camp with the Mariners, he’ll be competing with Danny Farquhar for the closers role. This could possibly take them out of the hunt for Nelson Cruz.