White's release announced by Mariners
Reliever placed on irrevocable waivers after two-week stint
DETROIT -- When veteran right-handed reliever Rick White joined the Mariners almost two weeks ago in Arlington, the team was about as hot as a typical summer Texas day.They were 20 games over .500, nipping at the heels of the Angels in the American League West, and led the AL Wild Card race. The David Wells look-alike was excited to be joining a team on its way to playing games in October. The 38-year-old had previous postseason experience, so adding a veteran arm to a bullpen loaded with young, powerful arms made perfect sense. White appeared in six of the Mariners' next 12 games -- 11 of them losses -- went 0-1, posted a 8.40 ERA and on Thursday was placed on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. A replacement will be announced prior to Friday night's game at Comerica Park against the Tigers, who are tied with the Mariners for second place in the Wild Card race, three games behind the Yankees. White's final appearance for the Mariners came Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, where he allowed two hits and one run in a two-third inning relief stint in the eighth inning. He was ejected for what he said to the plate umpire after a pitch he thought was a strike was called a ball. "I usually don't say anything to the umpires, but I was frustrated with the whole situation," he said afterwards. "Things have not gone the way I expected since I got here." His first few outings went so badly that White decided to have his goatee dyed a different color -- preferably white. But the color actually turned out to be a bright yellow. He went back to the natural brown color during this road trip. In 12 Major League seasons, White combined to go 42-54 with a 4.45 in 613 appearances. The Mariners were the 11th Major League team he has played for, one short of the Major League record of 12 held by Mike Morgan.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.