Roenis Elias: $1.0 Million – DEAL
After a two-year stint with the Boston Red Sox, Elias came back to the Seattle Mariners. As a long reliever and spot starter, Elias provided a lot of worth to the Mariners in 2018. He had four starts, and finished with 51.0 innings through 23 games, with an E.R.A. of 2.65. Although his strikeout rate dropped, his control improved. Elias posted a career-best 2.8 BB/9 this season, bettering his previous low of 3.4 in 2015.
Elias is likely only going to cost the Mariners around $1.0 million in the upcoming season. If he produces anywhere near as he did in 2018, it’s going to be one of the better contracts on the team. Elias is still in his prime and joins Paxton and Colome as players heading into their age 30 seasons. With multiple years left in his arm and limited innings on it, there is no reason for a slowdown from Elias anytime soon.
The fact that Elias is a multi-tool asset is huge. He has the ability to come out of the bullpen for an inning or two. He also can make starts when needed, and get the team to the fifth or sixth inning. Having a long reliever weapon like that is something that many teams need, and the Mariners have one in Roenis Elias. That’s why, as the last Seattle Mariners Arbitration candidate, Elias gets a DEAL.
Hopefully, you enjoyed this edition of DEAL or NO DEAL with the Seattle Mariners arbitration candidates. Numbers aren’t set in stone yet, but history has proven that the projections are usually very close. Now it’s time to wait and see just how accurate we were, to see how many of the players we agreed upon with the Seattle Mariners.