Mariners cut ties with lefty Miranda

July 5th, 2018

SEATTLE -- The Mariners have agreed to release left-hander from his contract so he can pursue a pitching opportunity in Japan.

The 29-year-old from Cuba went 8-7 with a 5.12 ERA in 31 games, including 29 starts, last year for Seattle, but had spent most of this season in Triple-A Tacoma.

He made one spot start for Seattle on April 17 this season, giving up six hits and one run over five innings in a no-decision against Houston and was 5-0 with a 3.97 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) for Tacoma.

Miranda filled a big role last year for an injury-plagued Mariners rotation, but Seattle's top starters have stayed healthy so far this season as the club has gotten off to a 55-32 record.

, , Mike Leake and haven't missed a turn yet and has filled in for an injured the last 12 starts and just signed a contract extension through 2019.

Ramirez is getting close to beginning a Minor League rehab stint as he returns from a shoulder issue and the club has lefty starter in long relief on the big-league club.

, and have also been pitching well in Tacoma this season, along with the potential of picking up another starter as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

Miranda was acquired from the Orioles on July 31, 2016 in exchange for lefty and has compiled a 13-9 record and 4.72 ERA in 44 games (40 starts) over three seasons in the Majors.