Some pitching options who could return for the Mariners
Carl Edwards Jr - RP
He was barely here, yes, I know that. He pitched only 4.2 innings with the team during the shortened 2020 season. I took a liking to him from watching him take part in the MLB the Show contest that a player from each team participated in. However, he's been pretty darn good the last two seasons, compiling a 3.07 ERA and ERA+ of 133 over 93.2 IP. Might be a fun flyer if there is an opening at the back of the bullpen, and the skip over any of the big names available... like Josh Hader.
Keynan Middleton - RP
Middleton was in Seattle for one full season, and performed to mixed results. He walked a ton of people, but had a decent FIP of 4.49. He's looked better the last two seasons while in ARI/CHW/NYY, with a 3.86 ERA, a BB/9 of 3.5, and a K/9 of 10.5. Could he turn into a version of Steckenrider/Topa/Speier, and find a great season with the Mariners?
James Paxton - SP
This one is pure greed on my part. I really enjoy watching Paxton pitch. He had a good season going in Boston before, presumably, getting tired over the last few starts. Through 16 outings, he had an ERA of 3.34, a FIP of 4.08, and was going about 5.1 IP per start. Just 2.4 BB/9 and 9.7 K/9 showed that he still had good stuff. Would getting him on the staff as the Mariners 5th or 6th starter, possibly long relief guy be possible? I know the Mariners are loaded at pitching (when healthy), but last year showed the need for a vet when people get tired. Paxton would be a fun short-term fit there.
Is there anyone I missed? Or anyone that you think we should stay away from in lieu of someone else? Let us know, and as always... Go Mariners!