Rather than offer Ryan Rowland-Smith a slight raise in arbitration, the Mariners non-tendered him today, making him a free agent. If they weren’t able to come to terms by now, it’s unlikely that they’ll agree after this. He’ll probably end up signing elsewhere to try and get a fresh start. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him land in San Diego.
I will say that I don’t really get this. Given his 2010 season and the fact that he was a first year arbitration eligible, he wouldn’t have gotten more than a couple hundred thousand more than the league minimum. The team isn’t really saving any significant money here, so they’re basically just choosing to let him go try and reboot his career somewhere else. Unless they were completely convinced that he wouldn’t make it in Seattle, it seems like a waste. He’s never going to be a star, but there’s enough there to think that he could be an effective reliever, and Safeco is the perfect park for him to pitch in.
Given that the team found room for the completely useless Josh Wilson, I don’t see why they found it necessary to non-tender Ryan Rowland-Smith.