The Mariners announced a series of roster relocations today, including the news that right-hander Bryan Shaw has actually been designated for project and left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. is going to the 10-day hurt list due to an elbow impingement. Replacing the 2 hurlers are southpaw Taylor Guilbeau and righty Ljay Newsome, with Newsome making his first appearance on a Major League lineup after his contract was chosen.
Shaw signed a major league agreement with Seattle just prior to their season opener, and he has an unsightly 18.00 ERA over 6 innings pitched. He was briefly sent out down to the Mariners alternate training site recently but Shaw had another rough outing last night, providing up two made runs over 1 2/3 innings.
Given these outcomes, its reasonable to question if the Ms could potentially launch Shaw if he isnt claimed off waivers. There would not be much of a cost connected with a release, as the Mariners are just paying Shaw a prorated league minimum wage. The Rockies are paying the rest of the prorated $9MM income Shaw was ensured this season, as Colorado launched the veteran reliever in mid-July.
Seattle got him in a trade with New York last November.
Newsome, 23, was a 26th-round choice for the Mariners in the 2015 draft, and is ranked by MLB.com as the 29th-best prospect in Seattles farm system. Newsome has started 91 of his 99 career games in the minors, with a 4.11 ERA, 8.5 K/9, and an extremely remarkable 7.63 K/BB rate over 499 2/3 innings– with only a 1.1 BB/9, Newsome has shown outstanding control.

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