“It was decision day for Jon Garland and the Seattle Mariners. The 33-year-old right-hander used his opt-out clause, allowing him to begin pursuing free agency after learning the Seattle Mariners would not extend him a roster spot.
So far, the Mariners have locked down three starters: Felix Hernandez, the undisputed ace, Hisashi Iwakuma, a solid No. 2, and Joe Saunders, the sole southpaw. The remaining two slots are open to four others, veteran Jeremy Bonderman and youngsters Blake Beavan, Erasmo Ramirez, and Brandon Maurer.
Yesterday’s Cactus League loss to the Chicago Cubs was a final exam for Garland. Over his three previous starts, he posted a 1.50 earned run average in six innings pitched, allowing five hits, a run, four walks, and a single strikeout. As various members of the Seattle media pointed out, his fourth start was a make-it-or-break-it moment. If he pitched well, he was all but guaranteed to make the squad. If not, he and the Mariners could part on amicable terms while he fished for other options.”
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