SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the Mariners have tendered 2018 contracts to 27 players on their Major League roster.
Major League clubs had to make contract offers (“tender”) to every player on their 40-man roster who is not already signed for the 2018 season by Dec. 1 at 5:00 pm (PDT).
Seattle agreed to terms on a 2018 contract with infielder Andrew Romine.
Seattle non-tendered right-handed pitcher Shae Simmons & left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly.
Seattle’s Major League, 40-man roster is now at 35.
Romine, 31 (turns 32 on Dec. 24), was claimed off waivers from Detroit on Nov. 2. He set career highs in games and at-bats with Detroit in 2017, batting .233 (74×318) with 45 runs scored, 17 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 25 RBI, 22 walks and 6 stolen bases in 124 games. The 6-foot-1, switching-hitting utility infielder, appeared at all nine defensive positions last season, including 27 games at second base, 23 games at third base, 22 at first base, 51 games in the outfield and 1 game at each catcher and pitcher. On Sept. 30, 2017 in a 3-2 Tigers win at Minnesota, Romine became the fifth player in Major League history to play in all nine defensive positions in a game. The game marked the first time in his career to appear in a game at catcher.
In parts of 8 Major League seasons with Los Angeles-AL (2010-2013) and Detroit (2014-17), Romine has hit .238 (257×1079) with 134 runs scored, 36 doubles, 4 triples, 10 home runs, 79 RBI, 75 walks and 39 stolen bases in 510 career games. He was selected by the Angels in the 5th round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State University. Romine’s father, Kevin Romine, was a utility outfielder for the Boston Red Sox (1985–1991), and his brother, Austin Romine, is currently a catcher with the New York Yankees.
Smyly, 28, missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (“Tommy John”) surgery on his left arm on July 6, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama.
He was placed on the 10-day disabled list April 2 (retro to March 30) with a left arm flexor strain after he appeared in three Cactus League games with Seattle, going 1-0 with a 5.00 ERA (5 ER, 9.0 IP) with 6 strikeouts. He also made one appearance with Team USA, striking out eight in 4.2 innings while allowing just one unearned run on March 15 vs. Team Venezuela. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 4. He was acquired by Seattle from Tampa Bay on Jan. 11, 2017 in a four-player deal.
The left-hander established career-highs in 2016 with 30 starts, 175.1 innings and 167 strikeouts. He finished that season 7-12 with a 4.88 ERA (95 ER, 175.1 IP) with 167 strikeouts in 30 starts with Tampa Bay. Among left-handed pitchers in 2016, Smyly ranked 7th in fewest walks-per-9.0-innings with a mark of 2.52 (49 BB, 175.1 IP). Over his final 12 starts of that season, he was 5-1 with a 3.73 ERA (29 ER, 70.0 IP) after opening the year 2-11 with a 5.64 ERA (66 ER, 105.1 IP) in his first 18 starts. He recorded four double-digit strikeout games, a mark topped by only three American League pitchers: Boston’s David Price (7), Detroit’s Justin Verlander (7) and Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer (6). He was one of 10 American League left-handers to make 30 starts and toss at least 175.1 innings last season.
In five Major League seasons with Detroit (2012-14) and Tampa Bay (2014-16), the left-hander is 31-27 with a 3.74 ERA (237 ER, 570.1 IP) with 552 strikeouts in 156 games, including 85 starts. He was originally selected by Detroit in the 2nd round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft and was traded to Tampa Bay as part of the David Price deal between the Tigers, Rays and Mariners on July 31, 2014.
Simmons, 27, was 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA (6 ER, 7.2 IP) and 8 strikeouts in 9 relief appearances with Seattle in 2017. He did not allow a run in his first 6 appearances (6.0 IP) before allowing 6 runs in his final 3 games (1.2 IP). He opened the season on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain on March 31 before being transferred to the 60-day DL on May 7 and activated on Sept. 1. He made appearances with the AZL Mariners, AA Arkansas and AAA Tacoma while on a rehab assignment, posting a 4.91 ERA (6 ER, 11.0 IP) with 12 strikeouts in 13 games.
In parts of three Major League seasons with Atlanta (2014, 2016) and Seattle (2017), he is 1-4 with a 3.50 ERA (14 ER, 36.0 IP) with 34 strikeouts in 42 relief appearances. He was acquired from Atlanta, along with Mallex Smith on January 11, 2017. He was selected by Atlanta in the 22nd round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau, MO).