Sailors nominate Sergio Romo and Roenis Elias for assignment

Sailors nominate Sergio Romo and Roenis Elias for assignment

The Mariners announced four roster changes on Monday, reinstating the right-hander Ken Gilles off 60-day injured list and infielder recalled Kevin Padlo of Triple-A Tacoma. In order to create space on the list, the right-handed Sergio Romo and left-handed Roenis Elias have been designated for assignment.

Romo, signed a one-year, $2 million contract at the end of the offseason after learning that Casey Sadler had to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, was spry in his first month as a sailor, but saw the wheels come off dramatically. The 39-year-old sidearmer allowed just one run in his first eight innings before the Orioles tattooed him for five runs in two-thirds on June 1.

It marked the start of a monumental meltdown that saw the three-time World Series champion and former All-Star serve up a dozen runs in his final 6 1/3 frames. Romo has allowed points in five of his last nine appearances, giving up multiple points in a four-time outing during that calamitous streak.

Considering the scale of these struggles and the fact that he has a guaranteed salary (albeit quite modest), Romo is very likely to go unclaimed on waivers and become a free agent. Any team that wants to speculate on helping him right the ship will only owe him the prorated league minimum for any time spent in the Majors at that time. Romo hasn’t experienced a drop in speed – he still sits at 85.6 mph with his lead and in the 77-78 range with his signature slider – and still causes off-the-plate chases at a huge clip of 37.8%. Given that background and his wider background, he should have another opportunity there – especially if he’s up for a minor league deal somewhere.

As for Elias, 33, he pitched much better with the Mariners in 2022, albeit in a smaller 7 2/3 inning sample. Meanwhile, the veteran southpaw stoked six of 33 opponents (18.2%) while walking three (9.1%) and inducing grounders at a robust 50% clip. It marks Elias’ first big league action since the 2019 season, as he was sidelined for much of the 2020-21 seasons with arm injuries – culminating in Tommy John’s surgery in last March.

Elias has also been solid in Triple-A this year, notching a 3.63 ERA with a 17.6% strikeout rate against a high 6.8% walk rate and 44.6% strikeout rate. on the floor in 17 1/3 innings. It’s possible he’ll appeal to bullpen-hungry clubs, especially those in need of a southpaw. In 395 2/3 innings at the MLB level, Elias has a 3.96 ERA — though that mark has been at 3.30 since a 2017 move to the bullpen.

Giles, 31, will be activated for his first team debut. Signed to a two-year, $7 million deal knowing he would miss the first year of the deal while recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2020, Giles brings a triple-digit heat and 115 career saves to the bullpen in Seattle. His minor league rehab assignment, however, was grisly. The former Phillies, Astros and Blue Jays went 7 1/3 innings closer between High-A and Triple-A but were scuffed for 16 runs (11 earned) on 15 hits and eight walks in that span. Giles also served four long balls in that stretch.

Rust is to be expected after a long layoff, but these minor league struggles are telling nonetheless. However, it should be noted that in addition to this 2020 Tommy John procedure, Giles suffered a tendon strain in his pitching hand during spring training, which sent him back to IL for the two first months of the season.

At his best, Giles has shown his ability to be one of the best relievers in the game. He had 53 ERA 1.87 ball innings as recently as 2019 with Toronto, knocking out 40% of his opponents along the way. . And in 351 career innings, Giles has a 2.74 ERA with a whopping 33.3% strikeout rate against an above average 7.7% walk rate. Time will tell which version of the right-hander the Mariners get, but if he’s back in shape, Giles could either be a key part of the bullpen on the stretch or, if the Mariners continue to struggle, a chip. attractive business in six weeks. time.

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