Gosewisch agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training. The 34-year-old has seen his appearances at the major-league level decline each year since 2014, playing in just 11 games for Seattle this past season. During those contests, he went 2-for-28 with 14 strikeouts, and remains a likely candidate to start the 2018 season with Triple-A Tacoma.
Gosewisch cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Gosewisch slashed .071/.102/.071 through 11 games with the Mariners this season, and he owns a career .190 batting average across parts of four seasons, so the Mariners were able to pass him through waivers untouched. He'll continue to serve as organizational catching depth at Tacoma.
The Mariners designated Gosewisch for assignment Sunday. After acquiring reliever Ryan Garton from the Rays in a trade Sunday, the Mariners didn't have room on the roster for Gosewisch, a 33-year-old catcher who didn't project as a regular option at the position. Gosewisch, a career .190 hitter over parts of four seasons in the big leagues with the Diamondbacks and Mariners, will look to latch on with another organization to serve as catching depth in the upper minors.
Gosewisch was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday. Gosewisch was just 2-for-28 (.071) across 11 games with the big club before being sent back to Tacoma. The veteran backstop was replaced by fellow catcher Mike Zunino on the roster. He'll continue to serve as organizational catching depth for the Mariners.
Gosewisch went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Monday's 6-5 win over the A's. After being called up May 5, Gosewisch has just one hit and 10 strikeouts in 19 at-bats for a .053 average. He will continue serving as the backup to Carlos Ruiz, at least until the M's feel Mike Zunino is ready for another go-around at major league pitching.