5 Worst Contracts the Mariners have signed in Free Agency over the last Ten Years
As we sit here in the offseason, its fun to think about things that have happened in the past with the Mariners. Some of it is good, while some of it, to be blunt, is downright awful.
No, I'm not talking about that jackwad Kevin Mather either. I try and wipe that from my memory cause it's embarrassing on so many levels.
Instead, in this case at least, I am talking about some of the contracts that the Mariners have signed over the last 10 years.
The Mariners haven't signed many contracts in their history, and the list is actually as disappointing as the players that have ended up coming here. However, there are some that stand out above the rest. Before getting into it, no, I'm not putting Robinson Cano on here. He was actually pretty darn good on the Mariners, and was worth the money they paid him.
Let's look at the 5 worst FA contracts that the Mariners have signed over the last ten years.
#5: Ken Giles - 2YR/$7M - 2021
It's not that Giles was bad. In fact, you could argue he's the greatest pitcher in the history of the Mariners. He did have a 0.00 ERA. The Mariners signed him to a funky two-year deal that let him rehab the first year. He was supposed to come back healthy and be a massive addition to what was turning into a deadly bullpen. Instead, he lasted just 4.1 innings while dealing with multiple innings, and was released.
#4: Rickie Weeks - 1YR/$2M - 2015
This one wasn't awful because of the cost, but he was terrible while he was here. .167/.263/.250 in 95 PA, and bad defense to go along with it. We all thought he could come in and be a decent little UTIL guy, platooning and playing off the bench. Instead, it was ugly to watch him at the plate where he managed just three extra base hits in 95 PA before being released that June.
#3: Corey Hart - 1YR/$6M - 2014
Part of the reason Rickie Weeks hurt was Corey Hart. Where we really going to see back-to-back guys from the Brewers come and stink it up in Seattle?
Yes, yes we were.
Hart was a lot worse. The expectations were a lot higher as he was supposed to be coming to Seattle healthy after missing 2013. He had hit .279/.343/.514 with a 127 OPS+, 87 HR, and 248 RBI from 2010-2012 in Milwaukee. In Seattle, he went a paltry .203/.271/.319 with a 71 OPS+ and 6 HR in 232 AB's.
#2: Juan Nicasio - 2YR/$17M - 2018
Coming off an incredible run, the Mariners were hoping to make a nice splash with Nicasio. Instead, they got one of the unluckiest stretches we've seen, and it foretold the end of his career. A 2.99 FIP should never sit next to an ERA of 6.00, but that's what happened here. A BABIP against of .402 really hurt, and overshadowed a great BB rate (1.1/9) and K rate (11.4/9). Still, in just 42 innings, it's what comes across the plate that counts when it's your only season with the team. Luckily, they were able to trade him with Segura and get JP Crawford.
#1: Yusei Kikuchi - 3YR/$43M - 2019
"Really? Kikuchi? He was an All-Star!"
Yeah, he was. He was also horrible other than that. Those first 15 starts of 2021 saw Kikuchi compile a 3.18 ERA (and a 4.30 FIP). Add his other 14 starts in 2022 to 2020 and 2021, and this is what you get.
- 55 starts, 5.59 ERA, 272.1 IP, 3.34 BB/9, 7.7 K/9, 1.53 WHIP
THATS AWFUL! The guy was just under 5 IP per start, and had an AWFUL ERA. We all wanted to see him succeed after the hot start in 2021, but he was one of the worst signings not just of the last 10 years, but that the Mariners have ever had.
Do you think there is anyone else that should've made the list? Who should they replace? Let us know who you think takes the cake as the worst FA signing in the last decade for the Mariners.