Alburquerque received a spring training invite from the Royals on Saturday, JEffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. After five years in the Detroit organization that included an excellent season in 2014, Alburquerque split his time in 2016 between the Seattle and Anaheim organizations. He only saw two major league innings that year though, as control issues seemed to keep him at the Triple-A level. If he can show some old form in spring training, he should have a shot at regular time in a major league bullpen again.
Alburquerque agreed to a minor league deal with the Mariners on Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Alburquerque had been released by the Angels earlier in the month after appearing in just two games at the major league level this season, and he ended up with Seattle where he'll likely be deployed as organizational bullpen depth. The 30-year-old has reported to Triple-A Tacoma and allowed two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings in his first appearance with his new club Wednesday.
Alburquerque was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. The 30-year-old made two appearances during his four-day stint with the big club, allowing one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out one batter in two innings. Alburquerque has fared reasonably well in 22 appearances with Salt Lake, but the walks continue to haunt him.
Alburquerque was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Alburquerque last pitched in the big leagues for the Angels on Sept. 29 on last season. He posted a 4.21 ERA overall in 2015. His ERA in Salt Lake this season is just 2.49 through 21.2 innings. He will provide added depth for the Angels bullpen.
Albuquerque was assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. After being designated for assignment Saturday, the veteran reliever officially cleared waivers Tuesday and was subsequently assigned to the Angels' Triple-A affiliate. He adds organizational relief depth, but his fantasy outlook the rest of the season is relatively dim given that he's no longer on the team's 40-man roster.
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