The Mariners announced the signing of three players – outfielder Cole Gillespie and right-handed pitchers Matt Palmer and Ramon Ramirez – to minor league contracts with invites to major league spring training in Peoria.
Gillespie is a familiar name to folks in the Northwest. The West Linn, Ore. native was part of the Oregon State team that won the 2006 NCAA World Series, and earning Pac-12 player of the year honors. He was a third-round draft pick in 2006 by the Brewers.
Gillespie, 29, has played in 78 big league games with three different teams. At 29, he’s past the point of being a prospect. He’s a guy that could provide some depth at Triple A Tacoma.
Palmer, 34, is a veteran of the PCL. He has pitched eight seasons in Triple A mostly as a starter. . He’s made 63 major league appearances with three different teams, most recently in 2012 with the Padres. Last season, he posted a 6-8 record with a 3.84 ERA (57 ER, 133.2 IP) in 25 appearances (22 starts) with Triple A Albuquerque in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
Ramirez, 32, is a veteran reliever, who had his most success with the Royals in 2008 and the Red Sox in 2009 and the Giants in 2010 as a swing reliever, pitching in a variety of situations. He’s appeared in over 400 MLB games. The Mariners’ bullpen is far from solidified and Ramirez could definitely compete for spot.