The Seattle Mariners granted Casey Lawrence’s release from his contract on Thursday so the right-hander can seek an opportunity to play in Japan.
Lawrence requested unconditional release waivers and he was removed from the Mariners’ 40-man roster after spending time with both Triple-A Tacoma and the Mariners throughout the past season. He began 2018 on the Mariners’ Opening Day roster.
The Mariners’ 40-man roster is now at 35 players.
Lawrence wasn’t even going to play baseball when he went to NCAA Division III Albright College in Pennsylvania. He was a basketball player, but midway through converted to baseball and made his way into the pros as an undrafted free agent in 2010.
He made 11 relief appearances with the Mariners and allowed 19 runs in 23 1/3 innings. He started 16 games for the Rainiers and went 7-5 with a 3.31 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 98 innings.
This comes after left-hander Ariel Miranda asked for a similar release during this past season and signed with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball.