Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik has decided to send Rule V draft selection Reegie Corona back to the New York Yankees.
Per Rule V draft rules, Corona must be on the team's 25-man roster for the entire season or be sent back. If the Mariners wanted to option a Corona back to the minors, the club must first offer him back to his original team for $25,000 (half of the $50,000 claiming fee).
Zduriencik also had the option of trading for Corona. However the recent signing of utility man Chris Burke made the idea of trading a player to keep Corona far less necessary.
Corona, 22, appeared in 26 spring games, batting .281 (16x57) with 9 runs, 3 doubles, one home run and 7 RBI.
This puts the Mariners 40-man roster at 36 players