The Mariners’ recent acquisition of Carl Edwards Jr. led me down a couple of thought paths. Will he be the M’s closer entering 2020? How many career saves does he have? (The answer is two, although he was Joe Maddon’s first choice to close the 10th inning of Game 7 in the 2016 World Series before giving way to Mike Montgomery.) Is he going to be the first ever Mariner named Carl? (The answer is no, I forgot about Carl Everett.)
Finally, I wondered how Edwards compares to the players Seattle used to close games last season. Hopefully he can avoid the same bad luck that hit the Mariners’ nominal closer at the beginning of the year. The injury and subsequent trade of that man are the two catalysts for the following list, which is comprised of several people who probably did not expect to be notching MLB saves in 2019.