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Originally published Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:23 PM

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M’s send Carlos Peguero to Royals, sign pitcher Scott Baker

The move wasn’t surprising considering Peguero had been stuck in baseball limbo since Jan. 24 when he was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for free agent signee John Buck.


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With pitchers and catchers due to report to Peoria, Ariz., in just about two weeks, the Mariners continue to make minor tweaks and roster moves in preparation for the upcoming season.

On Wednesday, the team did some housecleaning, trading outfielder Carlos Peguero to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named or cash considerations.

The move wasn’t surprising considering Peguero had been stuck in baseball limbo since Jan. 24 when he was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for free-agent signee John Buck.

The Mariners had 10 business days to trade, release or outright Peguero. The Royals worked out a trade knowing that Peguero would likely get claimed off waivers by another team.

Peguero, 24, showed the potential for massive home-run power in the minor leagues. But he could never find any sort of consistency with contact, particularly at the big league level. He was out of Class AAA options and his status was also complicated by his wife, Maria, who has been charged with wire fraud and is accused of racking up $180,000 in charges on a credit card belonging to Sandra Hernandez, the wife of Mariners star pitcher Felix Hernandez.

The Mariners also made a signing on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with free-agent pitcher Scott Baker on a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

After his seven years with Minnesota, Baker missed all of 2012 and a large part of 2013 while recovering from Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow. The right-hander made three starts last year for the Chicago Cubs.

Ryan Divish: 206-464-2373 or rdivish@seattletimes.com.

On Twitter: @RyanDivish



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