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Juan Nicasio | Relief Pitcher | #12

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/31/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 255
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / COL
Contract: view contract details
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Mariners activated RHP Juan Nicasio from the 10-day disabled list.
Nicasio had no issues with his right knee coming out of a bullpen session over the weekend. The 31-year-old returns to a 5.34 ERA over 30 appearances. Despite the shaky results, he owns a solid 37/2 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings. Jun 18 - 12:23 PM

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Juan Nicasio (knee) will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

It's the first day he's eligible. Nicasio has been dealing with a right knee effusion but threw a bullpen session without issue Saturday.
Jun 17 - 2:27 PM

Juan Nicasio (knee) threw roughly 20 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday.

No official report yet from Nicasio or the club on how it went, but MLB.com reporter Greg Johns observed Nicasio doing some fielding drills without an apparent restriction following the session. If he got through it OK, Nicasio should be ready to rejoin the M's Tuesday in New York. He's been out since June 7 with a right knee effusion.
Jun 16 - 5:48 PM

Juan Nicasio (knee) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

If it goes well, he could come off the disabled list sometime early next week, without a minor league rehab assignment. Nicasio has been sidelined since June 7 with a right knee effusion. He holds a sharp 37/2 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings this season out of the Mariners' bullpen, but his ERA currently sits at 5.34.
Jun 13 - 2:25 PM

Juan Nicasio (knee) played catch Tuesday.

Nicasio landed on the disabled list this weekend with a right knee effusion and there is no timetable for his return, but it's not considered a major injury. "He’s keeping his arm active and feels much better," Mariners manager Scott Servais said Tuesday. "The swelling has subsided and is out of his knee. I talked with him yesterday. I don’t know when he’s going to get on a mound and throw. The knee does feel better but I have a definite time when he’ll get on the mound."
Jun 12 - 8:02 PM

Mariners placed RHP Juan Nicasio on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 7, with a right knee effusion.

Nicasio was roughed up in his last appearance Wednesday, so it's not altogether surprising that he's hurt. The setup man holds a 5.34 ERA but a 37/2 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 relief innings this season.
Jun 8 - 2:48 PM

Juan Nicasio gave up five hits and four runs while getting just one out against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

He faced five batters and every one of them got a hit. He gave up four doubles and one single. The only out he got was when Kevin Pillar tried to stretch his single into a double and got nailed at second base. Nicasio has an excellent 19:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 innings this year but has given up a lot of hard contact. He has a 6.00 ERA and will probably lose his eighth-inning role very soon.
May 10 - 1:08 AM

Mariners signed RHP Juan Nicasio to a two-year, $17 million contract.

The deal was agreed upon at last week's Winter Meetings and then finalized Wednesday after Nicasio passed his physical. The 31-year-old right-hander posted a strong 2.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings this past season between the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, leading all National League relievers in appearances. He should be a steady setup man for young Mariners closer Edwin Diaz.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 01:05:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners will sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the contract is worth $17 million, pending a physical. Nicasio led all National League relievers in appearances this past season and finished with 72 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings while registering a 2.61 ERA between the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals. He should get a chance for high-leverage innings behind closer Edwin Diaz in Seattle.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 05:26:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners and Cardinals are "vying" for free agent Juan Nicasio.

Jim Bowden tweeted earlier that the Mariners were "in the red zone" for a reliever and that Nicasio is a "strongly rumored possibility," but it seems the Cardinals are making a play to keep the 31-year-old right-hander, who served as their primary closer down the stretch this past season. Nicasio led all National League relievers in appearances in 2017 while putting up a 2.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings between Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 03:15:00 PM

According to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM, free agent reliever Juan Nicasio is a "strongly rumored possibility" for the Mariners.

Bowden says the Mariners are "in the red zone" to acquire a relief pitcher, though it's not entirely clear whether Nicasio is the guy. The 31-year-old right-hander led the National League in appearances in 2017, delivering a strong 2.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings between the Phillies, Pirates, and Cardinals. He served as the primary closer in St. Louis down the stretch.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 02:50:00 PM

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times reports that the Mets have shown interest in free agent reliever Juan Nicasio.

The Mets have been all over the relief market, so at this point it might be more helpful to list the names they aren't considering. Nicasio would be a nice addition, depending on the price tag. The 31-year-old led the NL with 76 appearances this past season while posting a 2.61 ERA and 72/20 K/BB ratio over 72 1/3 innings. The Cardinals recently re-signed Luke Gregerson, but they could still be interested in bringing him back.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 12:42:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals don't expect to re-sign Juan Nicasio during their exclusive negotiating window.

The two sides had talks about a new contract, but Nicasio is prepared to test out the free agent waters. The Cardinals remain interested in re-signing the reliever, perhaps as an option at closer.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 11:28:00 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals "have already made overtures" to Juan Nicasio about re-signing.

Goold adds that Nicasio has told his agent to "try and make a good deal. I want to stay here." Nicasio has been superb in his brief tenure in St. Louis, posting a 1.64 ERA and 11/2 K/BB ratio over 11 innings while going 4-for-4 in save chances. St. Louis no doubt will be looking to add bullpen pieces this winter, so it's no surprise that there's mutual interest for a reunion. Nicasio could potentially be in the mix for saves should he re-sign, although the Cards might prefer to use him in a setup role and bring in a bigger name closer.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 09:45:00 AM

Juan Nicasio allowed a hit in the ninth inning but kept the Brewers off the board while earning a save on Saturday.

He allowed a two-out single to Orlando Arcia but struck out Brett Phillips to slam the door. The veteran reliever has grabbed hold of the closer's job in St. Louis after previously pitching for the Phillies and Pirates this year. He has six saves and a 2.61 ERA in 72 1/3 innings.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 09:27:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Chris Herrmann
3David Freitas
1B1Ryon Healy
2Daniel Vogelbach
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Jean Segura
3B1Kyle Seager
2Andrew Romine
LF1Denard Span
2Guillermo Heredia
CF1Dee Gordon
RF1Mitch Haniger
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2James Paxton
3Mike Leake
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Marco Gonzales
6Wade LeBlanc
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Edwin Diaz
2Alex Colome
3Juan Nicasio
4James Pazos
5Dan Altavilla
6Nick Vincent
7Ryan Cook
8Chasen Bradford
9Roenis Elias
10Mike Morin
11David Phelps