The Mariners signed two veterans to minor league free agent contracts – outfielder Jody Gerut and left-handed pitcher Nate Robertson.
Both were invited to spring training. That brings the number of non-roster invitees to 19. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13.
Gerut, 33, has appeared in 574 career games with the Indians (2003-05), Cubs (2005), Pirates (2005), Padres (2008-09) and Brewers (2009-10). He appeared in 32 games with the Brewers last season (.197, 2 HR, 8 RBI) before being sidelined for over two months with a bruised left heel. He finished the season at Portland (AAA) in the Padres organization.
Gerut was originally selected by Colorado in the second round of the 1998 June draft out of Stanford. He made his major league debut with the Indians in 2003. He has missed three full seasons since starting his professional career in 1999, and has had surgery on both of his knees.
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Robertson, 33, is a veteran left-hander who has made 223 appearances (187 starts) during his nine-year career. He combined to go 6-8 with a 5.95 ERA (67 ER, 101.1 IP) in 21 games (18 starts) with the Marlins (6-8, 5.47 ERA) and Phillies (0-0, 54.00 ERA) last season. He spent time in the Tigers (spring training), Marlins, Cardinals and Phillies organizations last season.
Robertson was originally selected by Florida in the 5th round of the 1999 June draft after starring at Wichita State University (1997-99).