Seattle Mariners Bryan LaHair, Cesar Jimenez and Randy Messenger have been outrighted to Tacoma - making each eligible for free agency - and Justin Thomas has been claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates.[caption id="attachment_864" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Bryan LaHair"] [/caption]
Outfielder-first baseman LaHair, 26, and pitchers Jimenez, 24, and Messenger, 28, could accept their assignments or choose to become free agents. A fourth player, pitcher Marwin Vega, 23, has been outrighted to Tacoma but is not eligible for free agency.
Thomas, a 25-year-old left hander, was claimed off waivers by the Pirates.
LaHair, a first baseman who played mostly in left field with Tacoma, hit .289 with 28 doubles, 2 triples, 26 home runs and 85 RBI in 121 games with the Rainiers this season.
Lefty Jimenez spent the season on the disabled list and had surgery last month to repair a torn labrum. Messenger was 0-2, with 25 saves and a 2.86 ERA in 52 games with Tacoma before getting a September callup.
Thomas went 2-4 with a 4.48 ERA and six saves in 53 games for the Rainiers.
The moves leave the the Mariners 40-man roster a 35.