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Zduriencik finds another pitcher for the system

General manager Jack Zduriencik, the ever-vigilant, has found another pitcher for the Seatle system - 26-year-old right-hander Steven Shell.

Shell was designated for assignment last week by the Washington Nationals, and Zduriencik signed him to a minor league contract and assigned him to Tacoma.

Originally drafted by the Angels, Shell made his big-league debut last year, appeared in 39 games and went 2-2 with a 2.16 earned run average with the Nationals - the third best ERA among National League rookies with at least 50 innings pitched.

This year, he appeared in four games with Washington and had a 5.40 ERA.