Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Mariners Claim Woods Off Waivers

The Angels waived left-handed starter Jake Woods Tuesday who was then claimed by the Seattle Mariners. Seattle continues their off-season of 'sloppy-seconds' picking up Woods just a day after signing former Halo starter Jarrod Washburn to a rediculous 4 year contract.

The unraveling of Woods is a mystery. The kid got his first shot in the majors last season when the Angels gave him a couple of starts where the lefty went 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA. When Woods was optioned back to Triple A Salt Lake he appeared in 11 games where his ERA ballooned to 5.89 despite going 3-1.

Woods is a finesse pitcher with a big curveball and a fastball that struggles to break 90 mph. But my gut reaction is that GM Bill Stoneman may have given up too early. I would like to hear the rest of this story.

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