Bass will play in Japan in 2016, Baseball America reports. He was traded to the Mariners during the offseason, but was then released from his contract to pursue playing overseas. He signed a contract with the Nippon Ham Fighters, and will not pitch in the big leagues this season.
Bass was released by the Mariners on Thursday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Bass initiated the release in hopes of finding a better opportunity on a team in Japan. He was expected to provide depth in the Mariners' bullpen, but his spot on the 40-man roster is now vacant. As a Ranger last season, Bass put up a 4.50 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 45 strikeouts in 64 innings.
Bass was traded from the Rangers to the Mariners on Monday. Bass will provide the Mariners with some depth out of the bullpen as an additional piece of a trade that centered around Leonys Martin and Tom Wilhelmsen. In 64 innings with the Rangers last season, the 28-year-old posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 45 strikeouts.
The Rangers recalled reliever Anthony Bass from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. They also optioned Alex Claudio and Phil Klein to Triple-A.
The Rangers recalled pitcher Phil Klein from Triple-A on Monday, the team announced. Klein produced a 8.25 ERA over 12 innings in two stints earlier this season. To make room for Klein, the team optioned pitcher Anthony Bass to Triple-A. He has a 4.35 ERA over 51 2/3 innings this season.
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