The Seattle Mariners signed four more players – all with some big-league experience – to minor league contracts, and invited each to spring training, 2011.
The club signed LHP Fabio Castro, RHP Charlie Haeger – a knuckleball specialist – INF Luis Rodriguez and RHP Chris Smith.
Some background on each:
- Castro, 25, has 30 major league appearances with the Rangers (2006) and Phillies (2006-07), going 0-1 with a 3.30 earned run average. He spent last season with the Red Sox AAA team, going 7-9 with a 4.93 ERA in 31 appearances (15 starts).
- Haeger, 27, made the Dodgers Opening Day roster last season and went 0-4, 8.40 in in 9 games (6 starts) . In parts of five seasons with the White Sox (2006-07), Padres (2008) and Dodgers (2009-10), Haeger is 2-7 with a 6.40 ERA. Among the reasons he was brought in: the success of former Mariner knuckleballer R.A. Dickey with the Mets last year.
- Rodriguez, 30, has appeared in 363 career big-league games with the Twins (2005-07) and Padres (2008-09), making starts at each infield position Last season the switch-hitting Rodriguez played for the Chicago White Sox AAA team and had a breakout year at the plate – batting .293 with 17 doubles, 2 triples, 16 home runs and 56 RBI in 94 games.
- Smith, 29, has pitched in the big-leagues in each of the last three seasons with the Red Sox (2008) and Brewers (2009-10). The reliever has a 1-0, 5.19 in 50 career appearances. Smith spent most of 2010 season with the Brewers AAA team, went 4-3 with a 3.56 ERA in 47 appearances and led the Pacific Coast League with 26 saves.