Scott Baker has requested that the Mariners release him, opting to test the free agent market rather than be sent to Triple-A Tacoma. Baker, who was signed to battle for the 4th or 5th spot in the rotation, struggled as he returned from Tommy John surgery.
In 12 innings, Baker allowed 16 hits, 9 earned runs, walked 7 and struck out only one.
The loss of Baker narrows the list of potential starting pitchers for opening week. Right now, the starting five looks to be Felix Hernandez, James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez, Roenis Elias and Blake Beavan or Hector Noesi.
I know many fans are not in love with the idea of having Beavan and/or Elias in the rotation. As is evidenced by tweets such as this:
If I ever hear the words "Blake Beavan" and "rotation" in the same sentence ever again, so help me. #Mariners
— Joe Veyera (@JosephVeyera) March 24, 2014
— Sodo Mojo (@SodoMojoFS) March 25, 2014
No, seriously. The Mariners may have some pitching woes, but it’s nothing like what the Braves are going through.