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Controversy surrounds Seattle Mariners’ release of pitcher

Controversy surrounds Seattle Mariners’ release of pitcher
Posted March 27th, 2014 @ 10:46am by Ari Liljenwall, Seattle Post-Intellligencer

Why, after throwing well enough during spring training to make the team as a back-of-the-rotation starter, did veteran pitcher Randy Wolf ask for and receive his release this week from the Seattle Mariners?

As it turns out, according to reports, Wolf had a falling out of sorts with the club, stemming from the pitcher’s refusal to sign a contract waiver that would have granted the team the ability to release him without having to pay his salary. The 37-year-old southpaw is now voicing his displeasure at the Mariners’ business practices.

Seattle signed Wolf in February to a minor-league contract that would have paid him $1 million assuming that he made the team. But, after a spring training that saw him pitch well enough to make the rotation, Wolf told reporters Tuesday, the Mariners asked him to sign an “advanced-consent release form” as a condition of making the squad — a move that would have allowed the team to demote or release him within 45 days and not be on the hook for his salary for the full year.

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