Player News - Mariners

Date: Team: Pos:

Mariners signed RHP Christian Bergman to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bergman, 28, holds a career 5.79 ERA over 55 appearances -- 15 starts -- at the big league level for the Rockies. He'll surely enjoy getting out of Denver but is nothing more than an organizational arm.
Dec 5 - 6:32 PM

Mariners and C Jesus Sucre avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $630,000 contract.

Sucre was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. He's slated to open 2017 in the minors.
Dec 5 - 5:55 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Indians "have shown interest in a broad range" of first basemen, including Mike Napoli, Mitch Moreland, Adam Lind and Chris Carter.

Re-signing Napoli is no doubt the Tribe's first choice after he smacked 34 home runs and drove in 101 runs for them last season, but they're casting a wide net in their search. The defending American League champions are pretty left-handed heavy in their lineup right now, although that doesn't necessarily mean Carter would be their top choice after Napoli.
Dec 4 - 10:34 AM

Mariners designated RHP Zach Lee for assignment.

Lee spent all of 2016 in the minor leagues, compiling a disappointing 6.14 ERA over 27 outings at Triple-A. His only big league appearance came with the Dodgers in 2015.
Dec 3 - 7:37 PM

Mariners designated LHP Dean Kiekhefer for assignment.

The Mariners had to make roster space for relievers Casey Fien and Marc Rzepczynski. Kiekehefer was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals about a month ago. He excelled in Triple-A last year (2.08 ERA in 29 games for Memphis) but had a hard time in the big leagues (5.32 ERA over 26 outings).
Dec 3 - 7:33 PM

Mariners signed RHP Casey Fien to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

They also agreed to terms with left-hander Marc Rzepczynski while designating Dean Kiekhefer and Zach Lee for assignment. Fien spent last season shuttling between the majors and Triple-A. Overall, he finished with a 5.39 ERA over 39 relief appearances for the Dodgers and Twins.
Dec 3 - 7:25 PM

Mariners signed LHP Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year, $11 million contract.

The 31-year-old southpaw will get $5.5 million each season. Rzepczynski compiled a 2.64 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 46/29 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings between the Athletics and Nationals in 2016. He'll work as a left-handed specialist in the late innings, helping to get the ball to Mariners' closer Edwin Diaz.
Dec 3 - 9:19 AM

Mariners sent RHP Ryan Weber outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

Weber cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. The righty posted a 5.45 ERA and 23/5 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings with the Braves in 2016.
Dec 2 - 2:43 PM

Mariners sent SHP Pat Venditte outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

Venditte was designated for assignment by the Mariners after Wednesday's multi-player trade with the Diamondbacks. He has a unique talent as an ambidextrous reliever, but it hasn't translated to much major league success.
Dec 1 - 2:22 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners are "on the verge" of signing free agent left-hander Marc Rzepczynski.

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears it will be a two-year contract. "Scrabble" issued 29 walks over 47 2/3 innings this summer between the Athletics and Nationals, but he still managed a cool 2.64 ERA. The 31-year-old lefty specialist has held left-handed batters to a .222/.291/.298 slash line for his career. Rosenthal says there are only a few "last-minute details to cover" before the agreement with Seattle is made official.
Dec 1 - 12:54 PM

Mariners designated RHP Ryan Weber for assignment.

Weber was claimed off waivers from the Braves earlier this month and now loses his 40-man roster spot after the M's made a trade with the Braves. The 26-year-old held a 5.45 ERA and 23/5 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings over two starts and 14 relief appearances in 2016.
Nov 28 - 9:19 PM

Mariners acquired RHPs Max Povse and Robert Whalen from the Braves in exchange for OF Alex Jackson and a player to be named later.

Povse, 23, posted a 3.36 ERA and 139/29 K/BB ratio over 158 innings between High- and Double-A in 2016. He could be pushed to Triple-A to begin 2017.
Nov 28 - 9:14 PM

Mariners acquired RHPs Robert Whalen and Max Povse from the Braves in exchange for OF Alex Jackson and a player to be named later.

Whalen, who turns 23 in January, struggled in five starts with the Braves last season but held a 2.40 ERA with nearly a strikeout per inning over 21 starts between Double- and Triple-A. He figures to begin 2017 in Triple-A Tacoma's rotation.
Nov 28 - 9:12 PM

Mariners signed RHP Peter Tago to a minor league contract.

A first-round pick of the Rockies from the 2010 draft, Tago has yet to advance past Double-A ball. In 2016, he registered a 4.37 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 78/33 K/BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings at Double-A Birmingham.
Nov 26 - 10:10 AM

Mariners designated SHP Pat Venditte for assignment.

With the Mariners pulling off a multi-player trade with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night, Venditte has been pushed aside for roster space. The switch-pitching 31-year-old pitched to a 5.73 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 12/7 K/BB ratio over 22 innings between the Blue Jays and Mariners this past season.
Nov 23 - 11:40 PM


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