The Seattle Mariners continued to tweak their 2010 roster Wednesday by signing a journeyman relief pitcher, outrighting another reliever to the minor leagues and losing one on a waiver claim to the Boston Red Sox.
The Mariners signed 32-year-old right-hander Jesus Colome to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, where he’ll compete for a setup role. They outrighted right-hander Yusmeiro Petit to Class AAA Tacoma after he was designated for assignment last week, and left-hander Gaby Hernandez was claimed by the Red Sox after also being designated last week.
Colome has pitched in the big leagues for parts of the past nine seasons, going 19-26 with a 4.66 earned run average in 328 appearances with the Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers.
His best season was 2007 when he went 5-1 with a 3.82 ERA in 66 innings with the Nationals. Last year, he was 1-1, 8.40 before the Nationals released him July 10. The Brewers signed him as a minor-league free agent and he pitched five games at the big-league level with a 5.68 ERA.
Petit, claimed on waivers from the Diamondbacks early this offseason, was designated for assignment on Saturday when the Mariners re-signed Erik Bedard. Hernandez, acquired from the Florida Marlins on July 31, 2008, in exchange for Arthur Rhodes, was designated for assignment Feb. 1 when the Mariners signed Ryan Garko.
The moves bring the Mariners’ head count to 61 for their big-league spring training camp, 31 of them pitchers. Spring training begins Wednesday when pitchers and catchers report to the Mariners’ facility in Peoria, Ariz. The first workout is next Thursday, Feb. 18.
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