The Mariners avoided arbitration with all five of their arbitration-eligible players before Friday’s deadline, agreeing to deals with catcher Mike Zunino, left-hander James Paxton, right-hander Erasmo Ramirez and relievers David Phelps and Nick Vincent.
Left-hander Andrew Albers, who made six starts for the Mariners last season following a trade from the Atlanta Braves organization, said he plans to pitch in Japan, so the Mariners granted him his release.
The Mariners selected left-handed hitting first baseman Mike Ford, a Double-A All-Star in the Yankees organization this past season, in the MLB Rule 5 Draft on Thursday to shore up their 40-man roster. They also picked up a pair of minor league catchers and lost minor league pitcher Lane Ratliff.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has said “We will add a pitcher” prior to these MLB winter meetings and appears to indicate he’s been close to coming to a deal with one — even if it’s not one of the household free agent names, or even a starter.
With 174 strikeouts pitched and and 22 home runs batted in 2016, Japanese baseball player Shohei Ohtani is exceptional on both sides of the ball. Learn more about Ohtani before he signs his MLB contract and brings his talents stateside.
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