Seattle Mariners rumors have the team granting a request by Randy Wolf to be released. Those aren't the only Seattle Mariners rumors, as the release of Endy Chavez and Humberto Quintero took place as well. According to a report from MLB analyst Greg Johns on Tuesday (March 25), "Randy Wolf has asked for and been granted his release." There appears to be a lot of drama surrounding what took place before he made that request though.
According to local reporter Ryan Divish, "Wolf was told he made the team, but the Mariners wanted to him to sign a 45-day release waiver. He declined." This basically means that the team was trying to give him a short-term contract that would have been vacated once Taijuan Walker and Hisashi Iwakuma became ready to return from rehabbing injuries. Both pitchers will likely not be ready for Opening Day, leaving two holes in the starting rotation that the team needs to fill. Wolf didn't want to be a short-term option when he could go sign with another team right now.
During five Spring Training starts, Randy Wolf posted a 4.26 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over 19 innings. There had been Seattle Mariners rumors stating he had a good shot at making the starting rotation, but now he will try to catch on with another team before Opening Day hits. It is very likely that he can catch on with another franchise after putting together a decent spring, even though the M's didn't see fit to give him that full year contract.
As for Endy Chavez and Humberto Quintero, both veterans have been told that they weren't going to make the team and immediately became free agents. Chavez has already signed another minor league deal with the team to play in Triple-A Tacoma for now and he could get another call up if the team suffers any injuries during the regular season. The front office hopes to do the same with Quintero, but it is possible that another team will offer him a better deal first.
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