De Fratus was assigned to Double-A Arkansas on Thursday after the Mariners purchased his contract from the Atlantic League. The 29-year-old hasn't seen the majors since 2015, though he has a good number of big-league innings under his belt with the Phillies. De Fratus owns a career 4.08 ERA across five seasons (194 innings) with the Phillies, and given he spent 2016 in the minors with three different organizations, he doesn't appear to be anything more than an organizational depth piece.
De Fratus signed with the Padres on a minor league contract Wednesday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The 29-year-old spent 2016 with three different organizations, but he does also have a good number of major league innings to his name from his time with the Phillies. However, his career ERA sits at a lofty 4.08, and given that he was not extended an invitation to major league spring training, De Fratus projects as nothing more than an organizational depth piece moving forward.
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.
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