PEORIA, Ariz. — Former All-Star Chris Young is the latest injury-reclamation candidate to get a look at filling the final opening in the Mariners’ rotation.
The club reached an agreement Thursday on a one-year deal with Young, a right-hander who missed much of last year while recovering from surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome, an ailment that affects the shoulder.
The Mariners cleared space on their 40-man roster by designating left-handed reliever Bobby LaFromboise for assignment.
Young, 34, opted out of a minor-league contract earlier this week with the Washington Nationals when informed he would not make their 25-man roster.
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He made four spring appearances for the Nationals, including two starts. He allowed four runs and eight hits in 10 1/3 innings while striking out nine and walking four.
The Mariners released two other veteran pitchers earlier this week, Scott Baker and Randy Wolf, who were attempting to win a spot in the rotation after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery.
Baker sought his release when asked to accept an assignment to Triple-A Tacoma; Wolf was in line for the fifth spot in the rotation, but he was released after he declined to sign a 45-day probationary clause.
That left right-handers Blake Beavan and Hector Noesi as the top candidates for the final spot in the rotation. That job now, presumably, will go to Young.
Manager Lloyd McClendon has only confirmed two starters for his rotation: Felix Hernandez and Erasmo Ramirez. But the work schedule suggests rookies James Paxton and Roenis Elias will fill the next two spots.
The Mariners also anticipate All-Star right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma and right-hander Taijuan Walker, the organization’s top prospect, should be ready to rejoin the rotation by mid-to-late April.
Iwakuma began playing catch earlier this week in his recovery from a strained tendon in his middle finger, while Walker has made two minor-league starts in his recovery from bursitis in his shoulder.
Right-hander Brandon Maurer, another rotation candidate, is on a similar timetable in his recovery from a soreness in his lower back.
The Mariners had 10 days to reach a resolution — trade, release, etc. — on LaFromboise a 27-year-old who made his big-league debut last season by compiling a 5.91 ERA in 10 2/3 innings over 10 appearances.
LaFromboise was 6-0 with a 3.39 ERA in 45 games last season at Tacoma.
Young is a nine-year veteran who went 53-43 with a 3.79 ERA in 159 starts from 2004-12 with Rangers, Padres and Mets. He was picked to the All-Star team in 2007 while with the Padres.
All indications suggest Young is pain free from his surgery, which took place last June after he made seven minor-league starts in the Nationals’ system.
Young signed a minor-league deal prior to last season with Washington after going 4-9 with a 4.15 ERA in 2012 with the Mets.