Most people assumed Chance Ruffin and Charlie Furbush were the main reasons the Seattle Mariners parted ways with control artist Doug Fister at this year’s deadline. And “those people” did have an argument.
Ruffin was a first round pick in the 2010 draft, and has already showcased his abilities by posting a 2.03 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 2.73 K/BB (11.1 K/9) in 48.6 innings this season. Also, Furbush appears to be at least a Major League caliber reliever, sporting a 3.17 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 3.81 K/BB (10.2 K/9) in 54 innings at Triple-A so far. But Casper Wells, the seemingly forgotten element to the Fister deal, has already proven why this trade could be a huge win for the Mariners. Continue reading