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."
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"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.