The Mariners cleared two spots on their 40-man roster by out-righting pitchers R.A. Dickey and Sean White to the minor leagues – although Dickey has a week to accept the demotion or decline it and become a free agent.
Dickey, a 34-year-old knuckle ball specialist, started and relieved in Seattle last season, appearing in 32 games, going 5-8 with a 5.21 earned run average.
White, 26, is a former Rule V draft pick for the Mariners, and spent the 2008 season in Tacoma, where he made 22 starts and finished 6-11 with a 5.47 ERA.
The moves clear room on the roster for players the team may add next week during the winter meetings.
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That roster now stands at 36.