Seattle Mariners

Mariners sign 3 to minor-league deals with invites to big-league camp

Utilityman Carlos Rivero will indeed get a chance to prove to the Seattle Mariners that his power surge in the Venezuelan Winter League is more than a mirage.

The club confirmed Thursday that it has re-signed Rivero, whom it acquired in a Nov. 3 waiver claim from the Boston Red Sox before booting him off the 40-man roster by not offering a contract prior to the Dec. 2 deadline.

Rivero’s new deal is a minor-league contract, but it includes an invitation to big-league camp.

The Mariners also confirmed minor-league deals with right-handed pitchers Mark Lowe and Justin Germano that include big-league camp invites. Lowe pitched for the Mariners from 2006-10.

Rivero, 26, made his big-league debut last season by going 4-for-7 in four games for Boston after batting .264 with seven homers and 53 RBIs in 105 games at Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.

But it is his performance this winter at Lara in his native Venezuela that is turning heads; Rivero leads the VWL with 14 homers and 42 RBIs in 48 games. No other player has more than seven homers.

Rivero, a right-handed hitter, is 6 feet 3 and 200 pounds. He played shortstop, third base and left field last season at Portland and Pawtucket. He also logged time at first base in 2012-13.

Lowe, 31, spent most of last season at the Triple-A Columbus in the Cleveland Indians’ system. He was 4-3 with 17 saves and a 5.62 ERA in 41 games at Columbus and compiled a 3.86 ERA in seven outings for the Indians.

The Mariners selected Lowe in the fifth round of the 2004 draft, and he reached the big leagues in 2006. He was 5-15 with a 3.95 in 162 games before going to the Texas Rangers with pitcher Cliff Lee trade in a July 9, 2010 trade.

The deal returned first baseman Justin Smoak, second baseman Matt Lawson and pitchers Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke to the Mariners.

Lowe is 8-21 overall with a 4.16 ERA in 271 games over nine years with four clubs but has made only 18 big-league appearances over the past two seasons.

Germano, 32, spent parts of nine seasons in the big leagues but pitched primarily last season in Triple-A at Round Rock and Albuquerque, where he was 5-14 with a 5.02 ERA.

He is 10-30 with a 5.40 ERA in 96 big-league games with seven clubs.

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