We’re not quite done yet, folks.
On Monday, the Mariners signed two more relievers to major league deals, RHP Shawn Camp and LHP Hong-Chih Kuo. Both players accepted non-guaranteed contracts, which in Kuo’s case means he’ll earn $1M if he makes the 25-man roster out of Spring Training, and up to another $2.25M in additional bonuses. Not too shabby on either end.
Hong-Chih Kuo is coming off a seven-year career with the Dodgers, after an unsettling season where he pitched 40 games around a recurring elbow injury and anxiety issues. His ERA skyrocketed to a career-high 9.00 over 27.0 IP, with a 1.74 WHIP and 4.39 xFIP. As reported by Greg Johns:
“Kuo struggled with his control as well as his elbow and then talked of retirement after last season, but told CNA he expects to be ready for the start of training camp.”
With any luck, 2012 will see Kuo return to 2010 form, when he put up a 1.20 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 2.96 xFIP in 56 appearances.
Kuo is joined by right-handed reliever Shawn Camp, who is coming off four years with the Blue Jays. In 2011, he posted an ERA of 4.21 and WHIP of 1.52 over 66.1 innings, facing Seattle for 4.1 innings and giving up only 2 earned runs and 5 hits in three appearances.
These may be the finishing touches to a roster that needs some veteran support for its fresher talent. Then again, who knows? I’m not going to put it past Jack Z (again) to add a few more pieces over these next four days.
Because this move gives Seattle a 42-man roster, catcher Chris Gimenez and outfielder Mike Wilson were designated for assignment. For those of you who have been following our Spring Training Countdown, head back over to the roster of Spring Training invitees for an updated list.