De Fratus was named as the player involved in the deal that sent INF Pat Kivlehan to the Mariners several weeks ago, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports. De Fratus will head to the Rangers organization. De Fratus will head directly to Triple-A Round Rock where he will continue his 2016 campaign. He's been effective during his stay with the Mariners affiliate as he posted a 3.21 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over 28 innings. The 28-year-old has also made several appearances in the majors so he would seemingly be a likely call up candidate if the Rangers need more pitching depth down the road.
De Fratus has been reassigned to minor league camp, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. De Fratus had been brought on as a non-roster invite, and as expected, will begin the season in the minors. The 28-year-old reliever got off to a bit of a rusty start this spring, posting a 9.45 ERA over five appearances.
De Fratus signed a minor league deal with the Mariners on Friday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. De Fratus inked a one-year deal with the Mariners earlier in the offseason but was released on Wednesday after having some underwhelming outings this spring (6.0 IP, 4.50 ERA, 4 K, 3 BB). He'll rejoin the Mariners' organization on a minor league deal and figures to add bullpen depth at Triple-A Tacoma.
De Fratus was released by the Mariners on Wednesday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. De Fratus had appeared in four Spring Training gamest thus far, but had trouble breaking 89 on the radar gun with his fastball. He had given up three earned runs across six innings while holding a 4:3 K:BB ratio. After a tough year with the Phillies last year, De Fratus may struggle to find another MLB option, but should surface in an organization somewhere.
De Fratus signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Mariners on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. While De Fratus struggled mightily throughout 2015, posting a 5.51 ERA across 61 appearances, he's earned a major league contract on the strength of his overall track record at the big-league level. The right-hander had a 2.39 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 2014 (54 appearances), and sub-4.00 marks in each of the previous two seasons. He will likely push for a front-end bullpen role in spring training.
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