Cha Seung Baek, the Korean right-hander Seattle first signed 12 years ago, threw well in his tryout - a pleasant surprise for the Mariners and the pitcher.
Looking for a minor league contract, Baek is trying out for a few teams after being released by San Diego last year. Now 29, Baek threw a bullpen session for Seattle on Monday - then took a physical.
Among those watching the workout was Roger Hansen, the Mariners roving minor league catching instructor.
"I was happy for him, because he threw well and he's a great kid," Hansen said. "We had him here and he worked hard with us, so it's hard not to root for."
"He looked good enough to interest us," said Pedro Grifol, director of player development. "Now it's a process of seeing how the physical works out, seeing if Cha Seung fits."
It's likely nothing will happen a for a few days, but if Baek signs, it will be as a Tacoma Rainier.