Sunday, February 5, 2012

Hong-Chih Kuo expected to sign with the Mariners

So, instead of watching the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI, I'm blogging about Hong-Chih Kuo possibly heading to the Seattle Mariners

Earlier today, Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times tweeted Kuo's agent said the left-hander was close to signing with a team.

Jayson Stark of ESPN confirmed this afternoon Kuo is close to signing with M's. No terms are known yet. Considering Kuo is coming off a horrific season, it'd be surprising if he got more than a minor-league deal.

It was just one winter ago Kuo was coming off an All-Star season and one of the best by a left-handed pitcher in Dodgers' history: 1.20 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 4.4 H/9 and a 11.0 K/9 rate.

Injuries and an anxiety disorder led to a miserable 2011: 9.00 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 7.7 BB/9 and a 12.0 K/9 rate. While the K-rate is impressive the rest of this numbers are not.

It's unfortunate because he looked like he was going be dominant for a long time, despite being a constant injury risk (more than the average pitcher).

Here's hoping he can overcome his issues and injuries (five surgeries on his left elbow) and return to his pre-2011 form.

For everything he did on the mound, he'll always be remembered for this.

Photo credit: SD Dirk on Flickr

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