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Garrett Olson waived by Mariners, claimed by Pirates

Left-handed reliever Garrett Olson, who pitched 66 games for the Mariners over the past two seasons, has been waived by the club and claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Olson had a 5.40 ERA in five appearances for the Mariners this spring and was in a battle with new acquisition Aaron Laffey for a left-handed role in the bullpen.

Olson, 27, was acquired by the Mariners in January of ’09 in a trarde with the Cubs for Aaron Heilman. He was 3-8 with a 5.26 ERA in 118 innings over two seasons with Seattle.

Seattle has several left-handers competing for bullpen roles this spring, including Fabio Castro, Royce Ring, Cesar Jimenez and Laffey.

Olson was out of options, so he couldn’t be sent down to the Minor League camp without being exposed to the waiver process.


Garrett Olson on top of the world

I love this photo of Mariners pitcher Garrett Olson from his adventure this winter when he and a friend hiked the 33-mile Milford Trail in New Zealand.

The scenery obviously was spectacular and Olson had fun recounting the tales of his trip for this story I did on the website. This particular shot was taken at a spot called the “12 second drop,” a name that needs no further explanation.

Olson sent me a bunch of pictures from the trip — he’s an amateur photographer and included some of his own work — and not all of that was included in the story, so here are a couple more.

This is Olson at Sutherland Falls, one of the many sites on the “Great Walk” trail he traversed over the four-day journey.

And this is one of the beautiful scenic shots Olson took with his Nikon D700. You can see more on this photo gallery on

It’s great stuff from Olson and was a fun story to write. I can only imagine how cool it was doing the hiking …

Take two! Felix and Garrett Olson have acting futures …

FelixOlsonPulpFiction.jpgFelix Hernandez won’t find out about his Cy Young fortunes until Thursday, but the Mariners ace already has proven his stuff on another stage with some great work along with teammate Garrett Olson on an ESPN The Magazine photo shoot.

Hernandez and Olson were converted into Pulp Fiction characters Jules and Vincent for an upcoming ESPN the Mag movie edition.

It’s great stuff and you can click here to watch a short video showing their make-up conversion and a bit of the photo shoot. Great stuff.

The shoot was arranged through Octagon Sports Agency.

Here’s a link to another photo as well as one more here.

No word on whether the two pitchers plan to scrap their budding baseball careers and concentrate on acting just yet, but judging from their initial efforts, they’ve certainly got a gift.

It turns out, sometimes the truth really is stranger than Pulp Fiction.