November 30: Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Gott’s salary will be $1.2MM. The Mariners announced the deal shortly after.
November 28: Sailors agree with relaxation Trevor Gott on a one-year contract, Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (on Twitter). Financial terms have not yet been announced. Gott is a client of Sports Athlete Management. When the deal is completed, Seattle’s roster number of 40 will increase to 38.
Gott signed a somewhat surprising major league contract with the Brewers last season. He spent the entire 2021 campaign at Triple-A in the Giants organization, impressing the Milwaukee front office with a 31% strikeout rate at the minor league level. Milwaukee swooped in early in the offseason to add him, and he played a huge role in their middle offense this past season.
The right-hander has struck out 45 2/3 in 45 outings. The results were mixed, as he managed just a 4.14 ERA while surrendering eight home runs (1.58 per nine innings). He matched that with quality strikeouts and walks, though, striking out a slightly above-average 23.7% of opponents against a 6.5% walk rate. He averaged around 95 MPH on his fastball and just north of 91 MPH on a cutter that was his highest average pitch. Gott’s 10.5% slugging percentage and 43.7% groundout rate were right around the major league marks, and he hit a .200/.243/.333 line in 111 plate appearances, holding right-handed hitters to a low line. 200/.243/.333.
MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projected Gott for an arbitration salary of $1.4MM this winter, and the Brewers chose not to release him instead. In 2022, his average-sized rotations were enough to land a 40-man spot with Seattle, and he figures to have an inside track to an Opening Day bullpen job. Gott has exhausted his minor league option years, so the M’s will either have to carry him on the big league roster or deal him in compensation.
Between four and five years into his major league career, Gott will again be eligible for arbitration next season if he keeps his roster spot the entire year. If he pitches well, he could be a multi-year bullpen starter for president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto and his staff. Gott also pitched at the major league level in parts of seven seasons for the Angels, Nationals and Giants.
The Mariners have an excellent pitcher who ranked sixth in the majors in ERA at 3.33 this past season. Seattle relievers ranked fifth with a 26.6% strikeout rate, and only the Orioles gave up fewer leads in the late innings. He was a key part of the M’s winning 90 games for the second straight season and securing a Wild Card berth. Seattle reduced it by contract Erik Swanson Bring it to Toronto Teoscar Hernandezbut they will return it Andrés Muñoz, Diego Castillo, Matt Brash, Paul Sewald and Penn Murphy. Gott figures to work in low-leverage areas, at least initially, to deepen the lineup available to manager Scott Servais.