8 free agent duds we’re glad the St. Louis Cardinals didn’t sign
A hardworking, effective relief pitcher. Every team needs one. Sean Doolittle would seem to fit the bill.
Doolittle opted for free agency in Oct. 2020, leaving the Washington Nationals. In February, he signed with the Cincinnati Reds.
In 46 games, he is 3-1 with a 4.35 ERA in 39.1 innings thrown. He has one save, four holds and four blown saves. He’s given up 43 hits, 21 runs, 19 of which were earned. He’s also given up six homers, 18 walks, three intentional walks and hit one batter by pitch.
While he has struck out 42 this season, the remainder of his stats look familiar and are not exactly what you want out of a reliever.
The Reds designated Doolittle for assignment and he was picked up off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.
It would have been nice to have another veteran reliever on staff, but Doolittle proved to be just another version of what the relief staff currently has a lot of right now – an ineffective pitcher not providing a lot of relief.
No longer in a playoff chase with the Reds, Doolittle joins a 69-60 Mariners team that is third in the AL West. While they are 4.5 out of a Wild Card spot, hopefully Doolittle can take it easy and work on improving for next year.