Charlie Furbush signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday (Dec. 17). The Mariners gave Furbush the contract in order to avoid potential complications based on service time. According to a report from The Seattle Times, he will earn $750,000 for the 2014 MLB season under this agreement. It's a small raise for the left-handed reliever and it will take him seamlessly into arbitration eligibility next offseason.
Furbush was the most active pitcher for the team last season, appearing in 71 games and posting a 3.74 ERA. He finished the season with a 2-6 record, but opponents were only able to post a .199 batting average over 65 innings pitched. It keeps the left-handed reliever in the bullpen and it settles the question of just how much he would be earning to pitch next season.
While this will be considered a minor deal in an offseason where the Mariners have signed Robinson Cano and Corey Hart in addition to trading for Logan Morrison, Charlie Furbush is still an important component of the bullpen. He likely enters the 2013 season as the go-to reliever against left-handed batters in later innings. He could see even more use after the trade of Carter Capps, but that will all come down to other offseason acquisitions by the team.
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