The Seattle Mariners are reportedly interested in Brett Cecil and they should do everything reasonably possibly to secure the services of the 2013 All-Star.
As the Seattle Mariners look to improve their roster, one of the focuses will include adding a left-handed reliever. Given everything that general manger Jerry Dipoto has done already during his time in the Pacific Northwest, fans will trust his ability to find the best available option.
As per Jon Morosi, this apparently includes reaching out to Brett Cecil. According to the MLB Network reporter, the Mariners are determined in their desire to add a reliever to the back of their bullpen.
In that respect, Cecil would prove to be an impressive addition to the roster. Originally a starter, he has excelled since moving to the bullpen on a full-time basis in 2013, which including his first appearance in the All-Star Game.
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During his four years as a reliever, the 30-year old has registered a 2.90 ERA, while averaging 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings and a 50.2 percent ground-ball rate. He has been particularly sensational against left-handed batters, but also does well against righties.
There may be some concern among Mariners fans, due to Cecil’s overall performance during this past season. It marked his worst campaign since moving to the bullpen, highlighted by his 3.93 ERA and a reduced velocity, specifically at the start of the year.
However, it is important to note the 2007 first round draft pick had a resurgence later on in the season, after spending time on the disabled list with a strained left triceps. Once he returned, his velocity recovered sufficiently.
This was evidenced by Cecil ending the regular season with a bang, allowing just one earned run and five hits over his final 13 appearances. However, even this was nothing compared to his postseason, when he did not allow a single hit or run during four innings of action, spread out over six games.
Overall, you know Dipoto will do his due dilegence and reach out to everyone on his list in respect of potential left-handed pitchers for the bullpen. However, if he’s serious about making the Mariners into a contender again in 2017 — and you have to believe he is — Cecil is the best option currently availabile.
Your turn now – what’s your take? Would you attempt to sign Cecil or give him a miss altogether, and why? Let us know in the comments section below.