With the Seattle Mariners reportedly on the verge of signing Marc Rzepczynski, the reliever should prove to be an excellent acquisition.
The Seattle Mariners have already been extremely active, since the conclusion of the 2016 season. According to various reports, they are on the verge of completing yet another move, which should benefit the team.
As per Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners are preparing to officially announce the signing of Marc Rzepczynski. As things stand, there are only a few last-minute details to cover, including the pitcher’s physical.
More from Seattle Mariners
- Seattle Mariners trade James Paxton. Deja vu or re-imagining?
- Seattle Mariners: November mailbag – Face of the franchise and more
- Seattle Mariners: Zunino part of 5 player swap. What it means for the M’s.
- Seattle Mariners: Mitch Haniger, and Edgar Martinez headed to Japan
- Seattle Mariners: Trading for Joc Pederson from L.A. – 3 scenarios
The understanding is that the deal will be for two years. The Mariners will be Rzepczynski’s seventh team in nine seasons, after he spent parts of 2016 with both the Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals.
Given how many teams the 31-year old has pitched for, there may be some concern after giving him a two-year contract. However, he is coming over a season, where he recorded a career-best ERA of 2.64.
In addition, Rzepczynski only allowed a single home run, while pitching 47.2 innings. Perhaps the only downside, is that he also issued 29 walks.
In respect of the Oak Lawn, Illinois native’s career as a whole, he is particularly effective against left-handed hitters. He has a career slash line of .222/.291/.298, and has struck out 198 of 738 batters.
Admittedly, Rzepczynski doesn’t do as well against right-handed hitters, as indicated by his career batting line of .277/.377/.431. Overall though, he should prove to be an excellent acquisition for a Mariners team hoping to once again challenge for the postseason.
What’s your take on Rzepczynski’s pending arrival? Do you believe he will boost the pullpen, or would you have preferred the Mariners to look elsewhere? Share your thoughts in the comments section.