We knew this was coming for Erasmo Ramirez, but now the news breaks that another Mariner pitcher will hit free agency.
#Mariners outright RHP Erasmo Ramírez and RHP Nick Vincent. Ramírez and Vincent have elected free agency. Seattle's 40-man roster is now at 33 players.— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) November 2, 2018
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Though not expensive in an absolute sense, Nick Vincent doesn’t stand out enough as a reliever to make him worth his likely arbitration payout of $2.7mm. Between that and Erasmo’s $4.7mm, the club saves a nearly Denard Span-sized pile of money, and Vincent and Erasmo are able, as a result of their service time, to opt for free agency instead of accepting the outright assignment to Tacoma. Notably, this means no team claimed either on waivers, so MLB agrees with the Mariners’ assessment that neither is worth their projected arbitration figure and it’s possible Vincent, at least, could end up back in a Seattle uniform. That’s possible for Erasmo too, of course, but it’s a lot harder to see the fit there given his 2018 and the club’s plethora of back-end rotation options (it’s not so much that we have tons as it is that, well, Erasmo was a disaster in 2018. I’m sorry, Mito. I’ll miss you.)
There’s not much else to say here. Nick Vincent is one of the under-the-radar excellent moves Jerry Dipoto made, as he snatched Vincent from the Padres for cash money (probably not very much, either), and squeezed 2.9 fWAR out of him in three seasons. Erasmo was a transactional ping pong ball and was effective occasionally but mostly inflicted pain on Mariners fans. The Mariners’ 40-man stands at 33. They still have not signed Bryce Harper.