The Mariners announced four transfers on the roster Monday, and brought back the right Ken Giles From the list of injured 60 days and call a player Kevin Badlow From Triple-A Tacoma. In order to create a list space, right in the hand Sergio Romo and left Ruinis Elias assigned to the task.
Romo signed a one-year, $2 million deal late in the season after learning about it Casey Sadler Required shoulder surgery at the end of the season, he was sharp during his first month as a navigator but saw the wheels come off in a dramatic fashion. The 39-year-old side man only had one run during his first eight runs before the Orioles tattooed him for five runs in two-thirds of the run again on June 1.
It marked the beginning of the massive meltdown the three-time World Champion and the former All-Star have seen delivering up to twelve rounds in his past 6 1/3 frames. Romo has allowed runs in five of his past nine games, and has given up several outing runs four times during this tragic stretch.
Given the extent of those hardships and the fact that he gets a guaranteed (albeit somewhat modest) salary, it’s very likely Romo will not claim waivers and become a free agent. Any team that wants to speculate with its help in correcting the ship will only owe it a minimum league proportional for any time it spends in the major leagues at that point. Romo didn’t see a drop in speed – still sitting at 85.6 mph with his weight and in the 77-78 range with his signature slider – and still chasing off the board with a whopping 37.8% clip. Given that context and his broader track record, he should have another chance – especially if he’s willing to take a minor league deal somewhere.
As for 33-year-old Elias, he did much better with the Mariners in 2022, albeit in a smaller sample of 7 2/3 runs. During that time, the veteran pinwheel has cheered six of the 33 opponents (18.2%) while walking three (9.1%) and spurs contenders to the floor with a powerful 50% cut. It marked the first major league despair since the 2019 season, in which he missed most of the 2020-21 seasons due to arm injuries – culminating in Tommy John’s surgery last March.
Elias has been similarly strong in Triple-A this year, achieving a 3.63 ERA with a 17.6% strike rate versus a 6.8% steep walk rate and 44.6% Grander average in 17 1/3 runs. He probably has some oomph for game-hungry clubs, particularly those who need a left-handed. At 395 2/3 innings at the MLB level, Elias has a 3.96 ERA — though that’s a 3.30 mark that goes back to the 2017 move to Bullpen.
Giles, 31, will be invigorated for his team’s debut. Signed to a two-year, $7 million contract knowing he would miss the first year of the deal recovering from Tommy John’s 2020 surgery, Giles brought a three-figure heater and 115 career saves to the Seattle Bullpen. However, his small league rehab assignment was daunting. The Phillies, Astros and Blue Jays all scored 7 rounds 1/3 between High-A and Triple-A but were bombarded for 16 rounds (11 earned) 15 hits and eight walks in that time. Giles also made four long balls in this stretch.
Some rust is expected long after the layoff, but those little league struggles are still amazing. However, it’s worth noting that in addition to Tommy John’s 2020 action, Giles suffered a strained tendon in his hand in spring training, which brought him back to IL in the first two or more months of the season.
At his best, Giles has shown the ability to be one of the game’s best sedans. He scored 53 runs of 1.87 ERA balls as recently as 2019 with Toronto, hitting 40% of his opponents along the way. And at 351 career runs, Giles boasts a 2.74 Era with a whopping 33.3% strike rate versus a better-than-average walking rate of 7.7%. Time will tell which version of the right characters the sailors will get, but if he gets back into shape, Giles could either be a major mission piece down the sprawl or, if the sailors continue to struggle, an attractive trading segment in six weeks.
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