Last spring, Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik rarely let a week go by without claiming one pitcher or another off waivers - and he's back at it this off-season.
The man who grabbed pitchers like Luis Pena and Jesus Delgado and signed Chad Cordero and Tyler Walker to minor league deals has snared Yusmeiro Petit off waivers from Arizona.
Using the theory tha no amount of pitching is ever enough, Zduriencik grabs cheap pitching when its available and waits to see what his coaching staff can make of it.
Petit turns 25 this month, a right-hander who appeared in 23 games for the Diamondbacks last season, going 3-10 with a 5.82 ERA. In 17 starts, he went 3-9, 5.72 and struck out 71 batters in 53 innings.
In his big-league career with the Marlins (2006) and Diamondbacks (2007-09), Petit is 10-20 with a 5.57 ERA in 71 appearances, 36 of those starts. In eight seasons in the minor leagues, he compiled a 43-34 record with a 3.41 ERA in 126 appearances (125 GS).
Not a sexy move, but one that gives the Mariners a bit more depth and another project for pitching coaches Rick Adair and bullpen coach John Wetteland.