Because he underwent Tommy John surgery in August, Lindgren may not be ready for action once the 2017 season rolls around. Before getting injured in 2016, Lindgren threw seven innings over six games at High-A Tampa and recorded an 8:9 K:BB in that time.
Kiekhefer's Mariners tenure didn't last a month, as the team opted to clear his roster spot for one of two pitchers with actual track records of major league success in Casey Fien or Mark Rzepczynksi. Kiekhefer's strong minor league numbers should be able to find him a new organization, but he might have to wait a while before a return to the majors.
Non-tendering Ege is a formality for the Angels, who designated him for assignment Thursday due to needing a 40-man spot. Ege will now look for a team seeking left-handed bullpen depth.
Landa will likely land a minor league deal somewhere, but he's lost some luster as a prospect after last season. Landa had a 3.24 ERA at High-A Fort Myers with a 8.5 K/9, but had a 4.8 BB/9, only slightly better than his 5.1 BB/9 career average. He's was also old for his level at age 22 at High-A, which limits his upside.
Lindgren underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2016 and will now have to find another team to rehab and hopefully return with. The 23-year-old former second-rounder struck out eight and allowed three home runs in seven innings of major league work during the 2015 season.
Smith did little to impress during his MLB debut, allowing seven hits in 4.1 innings while striking out just one, so the White Sox decided they preferred an open roster spot. Smith posted solid numbers at Triple-A Charlotte with a 3.53 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 71.1 innings, so he should be able to land with another team.
Manship was lights out in his first season in Cleveland in 2015, posting a minuscule 0.92 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 39.1 innings, and though he took a step back in 2016, he still proved himself to be a capable middle reliever. There were some red flags though, as the 31-year-old had a 5.16 FIP and 4.6 BB/9, but he should be able to find a home on the open market and win a roster spot in a big league bullpen.
Worley was serviceable in his lone season in Baltimore, with a 3.53 ERA in 35 appearances (four starts), but he sported a low 5.8 K/9 and a 4.87 FIP that suggested he benefitted from some good luck. The 29-year-old began his career as a starter but he's been primarily working out of the bullpen the past couple of seasons, so he could attract some interested parties on the open market looking for a swing man or a longer relief option.
Dragmire had previously been in the Blue Jays' organization and was traded to the Pirates after the regular season, so he'll now join his third club in the last two months. The 23-year-old spent all of 2016 at Double-A, pitching in 45 games out of the bullpen with a 4.38 ERA and 41:28 K:BB. He's never appeared higher than Double-A, so it's unlikely the righty will get a chance in the majors this season.
The Angels acquired Pounders from the Royals on Thursday for minor leaguer Jared Ruxer, and will bring the right-hander to camp as a starter. Pounder pitched exclusively out of the bullpen at the major league level last season and made just seven starts at Triple-A, totaling 93 innings between the two levels. He could open the year as rotation depth at Triple-A Salt Lake.