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Two more coaches - Adair and Wetteland - added on a busy day

The Mariners have announced two new hires in pitching coach Rick Adair and bullpen coach John Wetteland, as manager Don Wakamatsu continues to pull together a staff.

Adair, 50, had been the pitching coordinator in the Texas Rangers farm system.

Wetteland, a 42-year-old former closer, had served as the bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals.

The announcement came a few hours after GM Jack Zduriencik announced the signing of his first free agent, journeyman slugger Russell Branyan.

Adair was a 1979 Mariners draft pick and pitched in the Seattle system until arm injuries ended his career in 1985.

He has been a big-league pitching coach in Cleveland and Detroit.

Adair and Wetteland join bench coach Ty Van Berkleo and first-base coach Lee Tinsley, hired earlier this week.

For more on the new coaches, read our story here.