Seattle Mariners Arbitration Candidates: Deal or No Deal
Justin Grimm: $1.6 Million – NO DEAL
Justin Grimm pitched great for the Mariners this year in the majors. He did only throw 4.2 innings for them though. The rest of them he was in the minors or struggling in Kansas City earlier in the year. He posted a 13.50 E.R.A. there during 12.2 innings of work.
Grimm hasn’t done much since the 2015 season as a member of the Chicago Cubs. That season was stellar, where he compiled a 1.99 E.R.A through nearly 50 innings, with a 12.1 strikeout rate. He looks like a much different pitcher over these last few years.
The stuff might not be there anymore for Grimm. In 2017, he dropped to 9.6 on his strikeout rate. In 2018, he was limited to 17.1 innings of big league action, and it fell to 5.7. That’s an immense drop-off, and worrying for his usefulness going forward.
Grimm is one of the easier decisions for Seattle to make. He doesn’t look like he is able to bring much to the table. There are other options the Mariners can go after, whether they are on the market or in-house. When it comes to Justin Grimm, the Mariners say NO DEAL.