July 25, 2021

Mariners sign reliever Carl Edwards Jr. to one-year, incentive-laden deal (Lookout Landing)


Yesterday Ryan Divish teased that there would be a second pitcher signing announced today, and while first indications were it would be a starter, later reports were it would be a reliever. Today the Mariners made good on their stated goal of keeping slots open for young arms Justin Dunn and Logan Gilbert (and new acquisition Nestor Cortes Jr.) and added to the bullpen instead of the rotation, signing reliever Carl Edwards Jr. to a one-year deal that will pay Edwards $950K, plus up to an additional $500K in incentives.

Like Kendall Graveman, signed yesterday, Edwards Jr. is a bounceback candidate. After three solid seasons that included pitching in the 2016 World Series, Edwards Jr. struggled last year. He’s always run a high walk rate, but it ballooned in 2019 from just under 10% to almost 17%. The juicy ball might have played its role in that, but more troubling is the shoulder discomfort Edwards Jr. experienced. The Cubs

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