Seattle Mariners re-sign Asher Wojciechowski to minor-league deal

TAMPA, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 28: Asher Wojciechowski #60 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during a spring training game at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 28, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 28: Asher Wojciechowski #60 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during a spring training game at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 28, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /
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Per the Seattle Mariners’ official transaction log, the team has re-signed right-handed starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski to a minor-league contract. He spent the second half of 2021 in the Mariners’ system, though he was not able to crack the big league squad in Seattle.

The Seattle Mariners are bringing Asher Wojciechowski back on a minor-league contract

If Wojciechowski’s name rings a bell to you, it may be from the mega-deal between the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros back in July of 2012. The seven-player deal consisted of Wojciechowski, Ben Francisco, Francisco Cordero, David Rollins, Joe Musgrove, Kevin Comer, Carlos Perez, and Kevin Comer heading to the Houston Astros. The Blue Jays received J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon, and David Carpenter.

Wojciechowski, now 33 years of age, stuck with Houston through the 2015 season that saw him make his major league debut. Since then, he has bounced around between a multitude of organizations, including the Marlins, Diamondbacks, Reds, Orioles, White Sox, Indians/Guardians, Orioles (again), Yankees, and Mariners, reaching the big leagues with the Astros, Reds, Orioles and Yankees.

Primarily a starting pitcher throughout his career, Wojciechowski most recently appeared in the big leagues last year with the Yankees, making just a single start. He went four innings, gave up two earned runs and struck out four, only to be designated for assignment the next day.

The Seattle Mariners signed the big right-hander to a minor-league contract back in July of this past season to provide depth in the starting rotation. He made five starts with the club’s Triple-A affiliate, posting a 5.82 ERA in 17 innings while showing off an absurd 14.3 SO/9 rate. Wojciechowski’s massive bump in strikeouts may have shown the Mariners’ front office enough to warrant re-signing him for the upcoming campaign.

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After a relatively strong showing in the minors last season for the club, the Seattle Mariners are re-signing Asher Wojciechowski to a minor-league contract. Through his big league career, Wojciechowski has made 58 appearances (35 starts) with a 5.93 ERA and a 2.0 HR/9 rate. He should once again serve as minor-league depth for the M’s.