Left-hander Garrett Olson, a pitcher capable of most any role, won't be filling any of them for the Seattle Mariners this season - he was claimed on waivers today by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Why was he let go? Simple: the Mariners need spots on their 40-man roster for non-roster invitees likely to make the team. Who? Bench players like INF Adam Kennedy and OF Ryan Langerhans, and reliever Chris Ray.
Olson hasn't talked to Pirates officials yet, but as one of the more popular players in the clubhouse, he's being embraced by teammates and staff before leaving.
"It's hard to leave," Olson said. "The last couple of years, I've met so many players, so many fans, it was like family. This game is like a fraternity, and I'm excited to go to Pittsburgh. That's the story of baseball."
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The 27-year-old was acquird in 2009 as part of the Aaron Heilman trade and, since then, has gone 3-8 with one save and a 5.26 earned run average. Olson appeared in 55 games with Seattle, 11 of those starts.
Olson will join his fourth major league team with the Pirates, having pitched for the Orioles, Cubs and Mariners. His career big-league record is 13-21 with a 6.20 ERA in 99 games, 44 starts.