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Mariners sign two more pitchers to minor-league deals

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on Jan. 25, 2014 at 7:53 am with 11 Comments »
January 25, 2014 7:53 am

Add two pitchers looking to overcome injuries to the Mariners’ spring roster: lefty reliever Joe Beimel and right-handed starter Mark Rogers.

The club confirmed Friday afternoon that both agreed to minor-league deals that include invites to big-league camp.

Beimel, 36, had a 4.36 ERA in 30 games last season at Class AAA Gwinnett in the Atlanta system after missing all of 2012 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

He was 24-32 with a 4.21 ERA in 567 big-league games from 2001-11 with six clubs.

Rogers, who turns 28 next week, appeared in just 12 games last year because of recurring shoulder problems. He was the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft (by Milwaukee) but had made just 11 big-league appearances.

The additions boost the Mariners’ camp roster to 64 players, including 24 non-roster invites.


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  1. Palerydr says:

    Same ole Mariners talk about spending money to fill holes then sign a couple of retreads….

    They shoulda bought a bullpen cuz they are gonna need one.

  2. If Andrew Bailey is healthy I’d like to see the team sign him. Closer experience and success in the AL West.

  3. Quinault says:

    So is GMZ revisiting old picks? We seem to be picking up players from his past employer [Hart]. There seems to be an underlying risk due to injuries. Maybe these are low risk high rewards sort of deals, but it seems we are becoming the island of broken toys.

  4. Quinault, if we would have signed Hart coming off his 2012 season, what would you have said then?

  5. The M’s are making 115 mil a year from their new TV deal. No excuse they have to not be able to spend AT LEAST that much. I don’t think they should just spend to spend, but there are still a few good starting pitchers out there. Enough with the bottom of the barrel garbage. Sign a proven starter.

    Bringing back Oliver Perez would also be nice. And at least someone like a Grady Sizemore for the OF. There is very low risk and high reward with him. Maybe he and Guti could cobble a full season together combined. There really isn’t anything very good out there in the OF free agents. I’d be for signing Cruz if he’s willing to take a one year deal.

  6. I like Cruz on a 1 or 2 year deal, $10M per

  7. Quinault says:

    I do not like Nelson Cruz at any price. Costs us a draft pick and defense. We have the money, but we are trying to build through the draft.

    Corey Hart in 2012? I would have said: I wear my sunglasses at night! Also we have too many first basemen already, as we got Morales. Sort of like this year.

    How many pitchers are going to camp who had Tommy John surgery? I am concerned.

  8. Hart was above-average in RF in Milwaukee. Hopefully his knees hold up, although I’m sure he will get most of his starts at DH.

  9. The OF is very suspect if Hart can’t log significant time out there. My guess is that he won’t. LoMo is below average out there and still really unproven as a hitter. I think they can probably get 80-90 games out of Guti if they manage him correctly. Ackley is still a question. Could be pretty good in LF if he continues to improve defensively and hits like he did after the all-star break. Those are ifs though. I still like Saunders, but he’s far from a sure thing.

    I’d rather have Kendrys back as a hitter than Nelson Cruz, but he doesn’t have anywhere to play unless you get rid of Smoak. And Montero still could possibly factor in. I still think he will be a good hitter eventually.

  10. Quinault says:

    With Smoak going to Arbitration, that usually means the kiss of death for a player within the organization. So with that in mind, I would have to think that Smoak could be part of any trade package that GMZ is putting together either for an outfielder or a pitcher. Wouldn’t it be ironic if we traded him for Cliff Lee?

  11. I don’t see Smoak going anywhere. 20 HR last year, under team control for a couple more seasons, and pretty good defensively.

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