As part of the Mariners’ ongoing roster overhaul under new general manager Jerry Dipoto they designated for assignment left-hander Danny Hultzen, a former top prospect and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft.
Hultzen ranked among MLB’s top pitching prospects in 2012 and 2013, but his career has repeatedly been derailed by arm problems since then. He missed all of 2014 following shoulder surgery, pitched just eight innings this year, and has logged a grand total of 168 innings in five professional seasons.
He’s still just 25 years old, so if Hultzen can get healthy there’s plenty of time for him to get his career back on track, but with a new front office regime taking over in Seattle it’s not surprising that they’d want to move on.