The Mariners announced Tuesday outfielder Endy Chavez opted out of his minor-league deal and was released, per MLB.com. Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez and pitcher Joe Saunders were also released, but then signed to Triple-A contracts.
The Mariners have optioned pitcher Roenis Elias to Triple-A Tacoma, the team announced Sunday. An earlier report Sunday said that the team was considering going with a six-man rotation, and it's possible that could still come to pass, with Elias making frequent trips to and from the active roster. For now, it appears Taijuan Walker will serve as the team's fifth starter. The Mariners also reassigned the following eight players to minor-league camp Sunday: catcher John Baker, outfielder Endy Chavez, infielders Shawn O'Malley and Carlos Rivero and pitchers Mark Lowe, Jordan Pries, Kevin Correia and Joe Saunders .
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters that newly-signed left-hander Joe Saunders will work strictly in a relief role for the club, per MLB.com. Saunders signed a minor-league contract with Seattle on Friday, with an invitation to big-league camp. The 33-year-old veteran went 0-5 with a 6.70 ERA last season, splitting his time between Texas and Baltimore.
The Mariners agreed to a minor-league deal with 33-year-old LHP Joe Saunders, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns. The contract includes an invitation to Major League camp, and Mariners clubhouse staff were setting up a locker for Saunders on Friday morning. Saunders was 0-5 with a 6.70 ERA last season, splitting the year between the Rangers and Orioles, and also between starting and the bullpen. He returns to the Mariners after going 11-16 with a 5.26 ERA in 32 starts in 2013. He's expected to contribute out of the bullpen, if he makes the team.
The Mariners are showing interest in signing pitcher Joe Saunders on a minor-league deal, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. The 33-year-old Saunders posted a 6.70 ERA over 43 innings in the majors last season. He spent most of the year in the minors. Saunders pitched with Seattle in 2013, posting a 5.26 ERA over 32 starts.
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