Christian Bergman entered the season in a swingman role for Colorado, but things went south fairly quickly. Despite posting a career-best 9.3 K/9 to start the season, Bergman could only muster a 5.89 ERA prior to straining his oblique in mid-May. The right-hander shuttled between Triple-A and the majors once he returned in July, but the results only got worse, as he gave up at least one run in all but four of his appearances on the season (three of which came before the injury). The 28-year-old exhibited exemplary control once again (2.2 BB/9), but that success was completely nullified by his horrific 2.6 HR/9. His FIP is nearly three runs lower than his ERA, which suggests bad luck probably played a part in how poor his overall numbers were, but he needs to keep the ball in the park if he wants to have find success in the Mariners' organization. He signed a minor league deal with Seattle in December.
Bergman agreed to a minor league contract with the Mariners, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Bergman spent the past few seasons as a long reliever/spot starter for the Rockies, but he was cut after posting a horrific 8.39 ERA in 24.2 innings in the majors last season. The right-hander's numbers definitely suggest that some of the struggles in his career can be attributed to the hitter-friendly environment at Coors Field, but his career .345 BABIP and 5.5 K/9 will likely keep the 28-year-old from having a very big role in his new organization.
The Rockies outrighted Bergman to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday. Bergman had a short stint in Albuquerque in June before returning at the end of July. He was then recalled again by the Rockies on Sept. 2. He recorded a 3.66 ERA in the minors, but struggled with the Rockies posting a 8.39 ERA. He is now off the team's 40-man roster.
Bergman was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. He rode the shuttle for a couple months after returning from an oblique issue, but Bergman will settle in with Colorado for good as a member of its expanded September roster. The results at the major league level this season have left a lot to be desired -- as was the case the previous two years. Bergman has managed just 87 strikeouts in 142.1 innings in the big leagues.
Bergman was recalled by the Rockies as their 26th man for the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader. Wednesday's move brings some bullpen depth up for what could be a very high scoring game between the Rockies and the Dodgers. Still, Bergman hasn't been overly impressive when called upon to pitch at Coors Field this season, having given up two home runs in just 9.2 innings. His stint with the Rockies could extend into September with rosters set to expand Thursday, however.
Bergman was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports. The move clears a spot on the 25-man roster for Saturday's starter Jeff Hoffman. Bergman will continue to offer organizational bullpen depth and could be summoned again when rosters expand in September.