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Mariners notebook: Rodney signed, Gutierrez departs

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on Feb. 13, 2014 at 11:09 am with 2 Comments »
February 13, 2014 11:12 am

PEORIA, Ariz. — Enter former All-Star closer Fernando Rodney; and exit oft-ailing outfield Franklin Gutierrez. And that was just part of the news Thursday when the Mariners conducted their first official workout.

Rodney, 36, passed his routine physical examination — the last hurdle in confirming a two-year deal for $14 million. The clearance arrived in time for Rodney to take part in the workout.

The Mariners cleared space on their 40-man roster by placing Gutierrez, 30, on the restricted list. That decision came after he notified that club that he didn’t plan to report to camp due to ongoing health issues.

A player on the restricted list remains under club control but does not count against its 40-man roster limit. Players on the restricted list don’t get paid and don’t receive service time.

The Mariners did not specify Gutierrez’s medical concerns in making the announcement, but he battled through gastrointestinal issues a year ago that limited him to 41 big-league games and 47 games at Class AAA Tacoma.

Rodney was 5-4 last season at Tampa Bay with a 3.38 ERA in 68 appearances while converting 37 of 45 save opportunities. He was an All-Star in 2012 when he had a 0.60 ERA and 48 saves in 76 games.

Wolf, Miner added

Lefty Randy Wolf and right-hander Zach Miner also officially joined the camp roster as non-roster invites after passing their physical examinations.

Wolf, 37, did not pitch last season while recovering from a second Tommy John surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament. He is 132-117 with a 4.20 ERA in 376 games over 14 seasons with six clubs.

Miner, 31, split last season between Philadelphia and its Class AAA Lehigh Valley affiliate. He was 25-20 with a 4.24 ERA in 157 games for Detroit from 2006-09 before undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Wolf gets $1 million if he makes the big-league club, and his contract includes multiple performance bonuses for innings, starts and appearances.

Miner gets $750,000 if he makes the big-league club, and his deal includes a June 15 opt-out clause if he’s still in the minor leagues.

Absent from camp

Veteran reliever Ramon Ramirez and catcher Manny Pina failed to arrive in time for the first official workout because of visa issues in exiting their home countries.

Both are in camp as non-roster invites.

Ramirez, 32, has a 3.42 ERA in 423 games over eight big-league seasons. He spent most of 2013 at Class AAA Fresno in the San Francisco system.

Pina, 26, is a nine-year professional who has just five games of big-league experience in 2011-12 with Kansas City. He batted .228 last season with seven homers and 38 RBIs in 86 minor-league games.

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  1. Kuma, Walker, and Guti. Good god. The small amount of hope I had for the M’s has evaporated before the second day of Spring. Still root for them though. This adds pressure for them to add Cruz and/or a real starting pitcher.

  2. Quinault says:

    I have to think that GMZ is going the trade route or watch and wait for someone to get cut in someone else’s camp. I am so confused with the construction of this roster: penthouse and outhouse. We are the island of broken toys.

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