Seattle Mariners Arbitration Candidates: Deal or No Deal

TORONTO, ON - MAY 8: James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners is celebrates after throwing a no-hitter during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 8: James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners is celebrates after throwing a no-hitter during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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Erasmo Ramirez: $4.4 Million – NO DEAL

CLEVELAND, OH – APRIL 27: Manager Scott Servais #29 removes starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez #31 of the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on April 27, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – APRIL 27: Manager Scott Servais #29 removes starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez #31 of the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on April 27, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

If the Mariners are going to spend some money on a back of the rotation fringe starter, there are better options than Erasmo Ramirez. $4.4 million is actually a slight drop from the number he received last year, but he still isn’t worth it.

Ramirez hasn’t shown himself to be the same caliber of pitcher when he wears a Seattle uniform. When he was in Tampa, he put together a pair of sub 4.00 E.R.A seasons and threw 163.1 innings in one of them. On the Mariners, it’s a different story altogether.

During his time in Seattle, he has really struggled. 2017 looked to be promising, as he finished with a 3.92 E.R.A in 11 appearances, all starts. He managed 62 innings as well, and the thought was he would flourish and build in 2018. It didn’t happen, as he had the worst run of his career.

In ten starts, he didn’t even average 5 innings a start. He threw 45 innings and had a miserable E.R.A of 6.50. He just isn’t consistent enough to rely upon, which is why Ramirez gets NO DEAL.

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