SEATTLE — The Mariners announced two pre-holiday housekeeping waiver items Wednesday that cleaned up their roster:
They sent outfielder Dan Robertson to Triple-A Tacoma on an outright assignment after he cleared waivers, and they lost diminuative lefty reliever Rob Rasmussen to the Los Angeles Angels on a waiver claim.
Both players were designated recently for assignment to clear space on the club’s 40-man roster for free-agent signings.
The Mariners removed Rasmussen on Dec. 14 to make room for closer Steve Cishek and Robertson on Dec. 18 to accommodate the return of right-handed starter Hisashi Iwakuma.
Robertson, 30, was acquired in a Nov. 6 waiver claim from the Angels after batting .280 last season in 75 at-bats in 37 big-league games. He also batted .265 with one homer and 20 RBIs in 60 games at Triple-A Salt Lake.
The Mariners obtained Rasmussen, 26, as part of the three-return in a July 31 trade that sent veteran reliever Mark Lowe to Toronto. Rasmussen was 2-1 with a 10.67 ERA in 19 games for the Mariners.