Mariners gain another option year on Danny Hultzen


The Mariners have gained another option year on left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen. As Bob Dutton of The News Tribune explains, players become eligible for a fourth option year when they have been optioned in three seasons but have yet to accrue five full professional seasons. This is obviously beneficial to the Mariners because it means they can bounce him around in the minor leagues without having to expose him to waivers.

Hultzen, 24, was drafted in the first round (second overall) by the Mariners in the 2011 draft. He missed all of the 2014 season after undergoing off-season surgery to fix a torn rotator cuff and a torn labrum. In 30 2/3 innings with Triple-A Tacoma in 2013, he posted a 2.05 ERA with a 34/7 K/BB ratio.