October 27, 1974 |
|September 15, 1999, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 2, 2009, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Earned run average||5.81|
On December 16, 2001, the Mariners traded Stark with Brian Fuentes and José Paniagua to the Colorado Rockies for Jeff Cirillo. In 2002 Stark saw his best year statistically to date. Playing for the Colorado Rockies he went 11-4 with a 4.00 ERA in 32 games, 20 of those were starts. Stark's career started to decline from here, in 2003 he appeared in 17 games, 13 started, and had a record of 3-3 with a 5.83 ERA. Stark's worst year statistically was in 2004, when he went 0-5 in six games, all starts, with an 11.42 ERA.
After his tumultuous season in 2004, Stark signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians. Stark pitched in Spring Training but never made the team and was shut down for the season due to an elbow injury.
Seattle Mariners, second tenure
On March 8, 2008, he signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners. He spent the season working his way back into pitching shape pitching for the Mariners' Double-A affiliate, the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, and Triple-A affiliate, Tacoma Rainiers. He was re-signed by the Mariners at the end of the season. He made his first major league appearance since 2004 on May 3, 2009 when he pitched 2⁄3 of an inning against the Oakland Athletics. He was designated for assignment by the Mariners on June 7, 2009. Stark was granted free agency on October 15, 2009.