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Mariners make a player move -- just not the one everyone is expecting.

The Mariners made a move and acquired a pitcher today, claiming Luis Munoz off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. I really have nothing to say about this. But if the guy couldn't cut it in the Pirates organization, what makes him able to make it with the Mariners. Lee Pelekoudas called it "low-cost, low-risk" which means low interest to me.

Here's the press release.


Munoz will report to Double-A West Tennessee

ARLINGTON, Texas. -- Seattle Mariners Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Lee Pelekoudas announced today that the Mariners have claimed right-handed pitcher Luis Munoz off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and optioned him to double-A West Tennessee.

"One of our scouts saw him and liked him a little bit, so we thought it made sense to add him to our inventory," Pelekoudas said. "It is a low-cost, low-risk addition to our group of minor league arms."

Munoz, 26, was claimed by the Mariners after being designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on July 27. The right-hander was 4-7 with a 6.03 ERA in 20 games, 19 starts, combined between triple-A Indianapolis and double-A Altoona. He struck out 56, walked 42, while opponents are batting .300 (119x396) against him.

Originally signed by Pittsburgh as a non-drafted free agent on July 3, 2000, Munoz has spent his entire career in the Pirates organization. In eight minor league seasons, Munoz has combined to go 41-32 with 1 save and a 4.14 ERA (305 ER/663.0 IP). In 2007 he led all Pittsburgh farmhands in wins (14), ranked second in ERA (3.57) and third in strikeouts (105).

With the addition of Munoz, the Mariners now have 40 players on the Major League 40-man roster.