It seems like every offseason, the Mariners are focused on acquiring starting pitching, but yet they rarely acquire a starter who contributes for more than a year or two.
They mostly accumulate spare parts and see what they can do. Last year, it was Wade Miley. The year before that it was JA Happ. Both of those pitchers didn’t work out and the Mariners traded them at the trading deadline in July.
Is this the year that this trends stops, or does it once again continue? Jerry Dipoto brought in three starting pitchers this year (Chris Heston, Yovani Gallardo, and Drew Smyly), and once again they all had one thing in common, they came relatively cheap. Why were they cheap? Well, let’s just say the Mariners are hoping they don’t replicate their 2016 seasons.
The combined WAR of the three was a staggering -.2 WAR. Gallardo was the only one to finish with a positive WAR, but I don’t think he will be bragging about a .2 WAR.
However, is there a reason to be hopeful that these pitchers will turn around? Is King Felix really done or does he have the ability to bounce back to ace pitcher we all need him to be?
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