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Cutting ties with Garland not bad for Mariners

Should he stay or should he go? That was the big question facing the Mariners’ about the fate of veteran pitcher John Garland.

Friday was the deadline for the M’s to let Garland know whether he would be a part of the team’s rotation for the 2013 season. Under the terms of his deal with Seattle, Garland was able opt out of his contract and go elsewhere if the M’s didn’t commit a roster spot.

Garland has looked strong in his bid to return to the majors after missing all of last year with a shoulder injury, going 1-0 with a 2.25 era in 12 innings of work.

But even though it might have been a tough choice for the M’s, Bob and Groz aren’t convinced Garland is a crucial piece to the puzzle – and letting him go means opening up a roster spot for someone else they’d like to see on the roster.

Among those that could benefit from an extra slot opening up on the 40-man roster are outfielder Casper Wells and pitchers Erasmo Ramírez, Blake Beavan and Jeremy Bonderman.

In today’s post-show video wrap up, Bob and Groz analyze the Garland situation and debate whether it’s better to keep him and send one of the young players down, or let him go and create a space for an up and comer.