The Drought, Part I: The 10 Worst Mariners Since 2001
By Ty Gonzalez
#7: RHP Hector Noesi
Oh look, it’s the bane of my existence.
Acquired in the Jesus Montero deal (which we’ll get into later), Noesi projected to be a solid swingman in the Yankees’ system. After pitching considerably well throughout the Minors, Noesi looked like a solid addition to the package.
We didn’t expect the disaster Noesi would become.
It’s not an exaggeration when I say that Noesi was nothing but a problem for the Mariners. Jack Zduriencik was so hellbent on making Noesi work, forcing us to watch him for 34 games over two full seasons. It felt like an eternity.
When Noesi was a starter, he put the offense in a hole. When Noesi was a reliever, he blew leads. His career-high in xFIP with the Mariners was 4.74. So yeah, it was his fault.
In 2014, Zduriencik finally cut ties with Noesi, trading him to the Texas Rangers. The Rangers would designate him for assignment just 10 days later.
In this case, Noesi would not go on to do bigger and better things after leaving Seattle. He stayed bad. That didn’t stop him from shutting out the M’s later that year, though. Mariners baseball, baby.