MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners have expressed interest in free agent reliever Brett Cecil. Morosi adds that the Mariners are determined to add a reliever who throws from the left side.
Cecil, 30, finished the past season with a 3.93 ERA and a 45/8 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings. He was brought up as a starter with the Blue Jays, but after he struggled in that role, the team moved him to the bullpen in 2012 and used him full time as a reliever starting in 2013 with terrific results.
Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times adds that the Mariners will also take a look at Boone Logan. Pitching half his games at Coors Field, Logan finished the past season with a 3.69 ERA and a 57/20 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings.
The Mariners had a solid bullpen in 2016, but traded lefty Mike Montgomery to the Cubs during the summer and recently traded lefty Vidal Nuno to the Dodgers in the Carlos Ruiz trade. Needless to say, the Mariners would like to have some lefty options to choose from as they prepare for the 2017 season.