M's make moves, tender contracts
The Mariners traded right-handed reliever Aaron Taylor and designated right-hander Rett Johnson for assignment yesterday in moves to create space on the 40-man roster for free-agent...
The Mariners traded right-handed reliever Aaron Taylor and designated right-hander Rett Johnson for assignment yesterday in moves to create space on the 40-man roster for free-agent signee Adrian Beltre and pitcher Ron Villone.
The Mariners also decided not to tender a contract to infielder Luis Ugueto, who had been designated for assignment last week. Ugueto hit .271 in 101 games at Class-AAA Tacoma last year. He appeared in 74 games for the Mariners in 2002 when he was on the Mariners' roster for the full season and 2003.
Johnson was also not tendered a contract and both players are now free agents and able to sign with any other team.
Yesterday was the deadline for the Mariners to tender contracts to all of the remaining players on their 40-man roster who had not yet been made an offer.
Those tendered included pitcher Gil Meche, infielder Jolbert Cabrera and utility man Willie Bloomquist.
Also, the Washington Times reported that the Mariners have made an offer to left-handed starting pitcher Odalis Perez, who was 7-6 in 31 starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. Perez is also being pursued by the Washington Nationals. The Washington Times reported that the Mariners were believed to have made a proposal to Perez better than the three-year, $18 million deal the Nationals are offering.
Taylor, 27, was sent to Colorado in exchange for minor-league right-hander Sean Green. Taylor spent most of last season rehabbing from shoulder surgery but made five appearances with the M's in September, recording no decisions with a 9.82 earned-run average. Green, 25, spent last season with Class AA Tulsa and was 4-3 with two saves in 52 games.
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