Seattle Mariners DFA Former Rotation Mainstay

After establishing himself as a valuable starting pitcher in the Seattle Mariners rotation over two consecutive seasons, it's hard to imagine that 28-year-ld Chris Flexen would find the letters "DFA" next to his name just three months into the 2023 season. But here we are.

In 317.1 innings across 2021 and 2022, Flexen posted an impressive 3.66 ERA, with a 1.28 WHIP and a 22-15 record. But his 2023 has not gone well. To begin with, he was bumped from the rotation with the emergence of last year's rookie sensation George Kirby, the addition of ace Luis Castillo at the trade deadline and this year's strong rookie add Bryce Miller.

Flexen certainly didn't do himself any favors either, pitching to a 7.71 ERA out of the bullpen for all but four appearances, registering a 1.85 WHIP, and allowing opponents bat .333 off him with a .940 OPS. 

The Mariners had tried to trade Flexen during the offseason when it was apparent that he wouldn't be in the rotation, but he is on an $8M contract for this season, which might have played a part. Now, with about $4M still to pay, it's unlikely anyone claims him on waivers over the next week, or that the M's can find a trade partner. After that seven-day period, he'll likely reject an outright and become a free agent.

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