The rational for signing Iannetta made perfect sense. Bring him in to offer some much-needed competition for Mike Zunino, while also hoping he would have a bounceback campaign.
Unfortunately for the Mariners, things didn’t work out as planned. The former Colorado Rockies’ draft pick had a terrible year, especially during the second half of the season, with that oh so familiar deer-in-the headlights look at the plate.
It seems like a pretty good bet that Iannetta’s $4.5 million club option for 2017 will not be picked up. Even the Mariners’ pressing need for a backup catcher is unlikely to save him.
Chance of returning: Extremely low to non-existent