Hunter Strickland, Mariners Finalize $1.3M, 1-year Contract
SEATTLE (AP) — Reliever Hunter Strickland and the Seattle Mariners have finalized a $1.3 million, one-year contract.
Strickland can earn $450,000 in performance bonuses for games as part of the deal announced Sunday: $75,000 for 25, $100,000 for 34, $125,000 for 45 and $150,000 for 50.
He can make an additional $875,000 for games finished: $50,000 for 20, $175,000 for 30, $250,000 for 40 and $400,000 for 50.
The 30-year-old right-hander spent the last five seasons with San Francisco, going 14-14 with a 2.91 ERA. He was 3-5 with a 3.97 ERA last year with 14 saves in 18 chances.
Strickland became a free agent when San Francisco failed to offer a contract by the Nov. 30 deadline.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto says Strickland "has the ability and the track record to be an impact reliever in high-leverage situations" for the team.
Strickland broke the pinky finger of his pitching hand when he punched a door after allowing three runs and blowing a save against Miami on June 18. He did not return until Aug. 18.
Strickland jawed with Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez during Game 2 of the 2014 World Series and in 2017 threw at Washington's Bryce Harper three years after Harper homered off Strickland in the 2014 NLDS.
To clear a roster spot, right-hander Max Povse was designated for assignment.