The retooling of the Seattle Mariners continued as the team added four minor leaguers to its 40-man roster, took two others off and lost left-handed reliever Eric O’Flaherty on waivers to the Atlanta Braves
Right-handed pitchers Stephen Kahn, Marwin Vegas and Gabby Hernandez and outfielder Greg Halman were added to the Mariners roster, and right-handers Luis Munoz and Tracy Thorpe cleared waivers and were reassigned to the minors.
In O’Flaherty, the team lost a 23-year-old who lost most of the 2008 season to a back injury after pitching for the Mariners much of 2007. Last year, he was hit hard in 6 2/3 April innings with Seattle, was sent down and never returned to the big leagues.
A team re-evaluating its minor league talent, the Mariners are deciding who to protect from next month’s Rule V minor league draft and, clearly, felt O’Flaherty was not a part of their future.