Can the Mariners click again with another under-the-radar Cuban left-hander like Roenis Elias?
The club confirmed signing Misael Siverio, a 25-year-old who defected in July 2013, to a minor-league deal Monday that does not include an invitation next spring to big-league camp.
Siverio, 5-feet-9 and 207 pounds, was 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in six starts last winter for Mexicali in the Mexican Pacific League. He posted a 3.24 ERA in six seasons for Villa Clara from 2007-12 in the Cuban National Series.
“This is a proud moment for me,” Siverio said, “to be able to join the Seattle Mariners, who have several Cubans in the organization that are my compatriots.
“I feel very happy because of the way that I have been treated here in Seattle, and now the only thing left to do is to do my part, work hard and reach the Major Leagues.”
The Mariners signed Elias, now 26, on May 3, 2011. He spent three seasons in the minors before going 10-12 with a 3.85 ERA this season for the Mariners in 29 starts.
The Mariners moved up another slot in next June’s draft when Toronto signed free-agent catcher Russell Martin to a five-year deal Monday for $82 million.
Because Martin received a qualifying offer from Pittsburgh, the Blue Jays forfeited their first-round pick. That moves the Mariners, for now, to No. 19 overall.
The Mariners, who are looking to bolster their lineup, are linked to several players who received qualifying offers. Should they sign one, they would also forfeit their first-round pick.
Right-hander Yuki Nishi met Sunday with Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano to apologize for the pitch that broke the baby toe on Cano’s right foot, according to The Japan Times.
Cano is expected to be fully recovered by mid-December.
“He apologized,” Cano told The Times, “and I said it’s part of the game. There’s nothing to feel bad about.”
The injury occurred Saturday in the seventh inning of a game between a touring team of major-league players and Japan’s national team at the Tokyo Dome.
Japan holds a 3-1 lead in the series, which concludes Tuesday in Sapporo.
Utilityman Carlos Rivero, whom the Mariners acquired in a Nov. 3 waiver claim from Boston, is tied for the lead in homers in the Venezuelan Winter League after hitting his seventh Sunday in Lara’s 7-1 victory at Zulia.
Rivero, 26, is batting .314 (27-for-86) in 24 games with a .390 on-base percentage and a .605 slugging percentage. He batted .264 with seven homers and 53 RBIs while splitting 105 games at Triple-A and Double-A.
*Righty reliever Emilio Pagan lowered his winter ERA to 2.08 by retiring the only two batters he faced Sunday in Carolina’s 4-1 victory over San Juan in the Puerto Rican winter league.
Pagan, 23, has allowed two runs and six hits in 8 2/3 innings over five outings. He was 2-3 with 16 saves and a 2.89 ERA in 42 games this season at Lo-A Clinton.