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March 27, 2014 at 9:01 AM

A few off-day notes and links — Mariners sign right-hander Chris Young to MLB deal

Update: 9:17 a.m. —  So that possible pitcher that was mentioned about 15 minutes ago in the initial post, he’s been acquired. 

The team just announced that they’ve signed right-hander Chris Young to a major league contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, lefty Bobby LaFromboise has been designated for assignment. 

Young, 34, had spent the spring with the  Nationals. He made four appearances, including two starts. He posted a 3.48 ERA (4 ER, 10.1 IP) with nine strikeouts in four games including two starts.

Young spent all of 2013 season in the Nationals minor league system, pitching mostly with Class AAA Syracuse. In nine appearances, he went 1-2 with a 6.81 ERA.

Injuries have limited the 6-foot-10 young the last few years. He underwent a right shoulder thoracic outlet decompression procedure on June 11. 

He’s pitched in parts of nine MLB seasons with the Rangers (2004-2005), Padres (2006-2010) and Mets (2012). He has a career  53-43 with a 3.79 ERA (375 ER, 890.2 IP) in 159 career starts, earning an all-star honors with San Diego in 2007. He began his professional career in 2000 in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization before being traded to the Montreal Expos before the 2003 season.

It’s a decent signing for the Mariners. Young is capable and probably one of the better pitchers available. My guess is that they will put Young at the No. 4 starter and split up James Paxton and Roenis Elias. 

Earlier … 

A few things quickly on the off-day, which is never completely a day off.

Expect the Mariners to make some roster moves today. With two games left, I expect a few roster cuts to be made today. So we may have news later today.

James Paxton is scheduled to start today in a minor league game to stay on normal rest. The way it sets up – he’ll be the No. 3 starter. Not sure how No. 4 and No. 5 will slot out or who will start the home opener with the Monday off-day.

It’s also very likely that the Mariners will acquire another starting pitcher. Before you get excited, I’m hearing it will be a pitcher, who’s been recently released. Not sure if that pitcher will move into the starting rotation immediately. But the Mariners need some depth. They have six healthy starting pitchers right now – Felix Hernandez, Erasmo Ramirez, James Paxton, Roenis Elias, Blake Beavan and Hector Noesi. The Mariners obviously have some concerns with Beavan and Noesi, which is why they told Randy Wolf they wanted him on the team (with exceptions).

I doubt it will be Erik Bedard, who is available.  I honestly have no idea who they might be bring in. But I don’t think it’s anyone that will bring overwhelming joy to you.

ESPN announced that Eric Wedge will not be serving as a color analyst for the Mariners season opener in Anaheim. Initially, Wedge was told he’d be doing that game. But they’ve now changed it to have him covering the Red Sox game instead. This is good for all parties involved. It wasn’t really fair to Wedge or the Mariners to have that little extra sideshow in the season opener. I’ve been told Wedge wasn’t really comfortable with that possibility.

Linkage

Here’s my story  on Nick Franklin playing some outfield. Still not sure what the plan is with Nick Franklin. It’s something I expect will ask Jack in the coming days.

Blogging Bob Condotta has a blog post on the anniversary of the implosion of the Kingdome

Danny O’Neil has an interesting comparison to the Seahawks handling of Clinton McDonald and the Mariners handling of Randy Wolf

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