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Mariners lose Woods, Chen, assign Wells & Woerman to the minors

The Seattle Mariners moved two right-handed pitchers from their 40-man roster to the minor leagues – and lost two players, left-hander Jake Woods and infielder Yung Chi Chen in player transactions.

Pitchers Jared Wells and Joe Woerman accepted assignments to the minors, but Woods did not and became a free agent.

And Chen, a 25-year-old with a history of injuries, was claimed off waivers by Oakland.

The moves left the Mariners 40-man roster at 36, giving general manager Jack Zduriencik room to maneuver in the coming weeks.

Chen played in 69 games fofr Tacoma last season before knee sidelined him. Woods, 27, was acquired off waivers in in 2005 and went 7-4 with a 4.61 earned run average in 56 appearances with Seattle.

Wells, 27, came to the Mariners last May in the Cha Seung Baek trade to the Padres, and led the Pacific Coast League with 20 saves. In six appearances with Seattle, he pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed six runs.

Woerman, 25, started 21 games last year, splitting time between Class AA and Class AAA. Combined, he went 3-11 with a 6.69 earned run average.

None of the four were expected to challenge for a job in spring training.