Jon Garland earned eligibility on his opt-out clause today, which forced the Seattle Mariners to decide whether or not to add him to the starting rotation. GM Jack Zduriencik said he couldn’t commit to giving Garland a spot in the rotation, according to Ryan Divish on Twitter. More from Divish:
Garland probably won’t be coming back, he was loading up some gear into a rental car.
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) March 22, 2013
In 12 spring innings, Garland had posted a 2.25 ERA, but the Mariners may not have been encouraged by his allowing more walks than strikeouts (five to four). Already with a surfeit of contestants for spots in the back of the rotation, the Mariners will use the remaining week-plus to make a final decision.
Blake Beavan, Erasmo Ramirez, Brandon Maurer, and Jeremy Bonderman are still fighting it out for a big league job.