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January 17, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Mariners sign two players to minor league contracts with invites to spring training

The Mariners have signed a pair of players – right-handed pitcher Logan Kensing and catcher Manny Piña to minor league contracts with invites to major league spring training .

Kensing, 31, has pitched just 2/3 of an inning in the big leagues since 2009. He was a second-round draft pick by the Marlins in 2003 out of Texas A&M. He  made his big league debut in 2004  and pitched in parts of five seasons (2004-2009) with Florida. He was designated for assignment by the  Marlins and traded to the Nationals in April of 2009. He made 26 appearances as a reliever for the Nats. Washington released Kensing the following spring and he signed a  minor league deal with the Rays, but he missed all of the 2010 season after undergoing two shoulder surgeries. He pitched mostly in the minors since then. He finally made a return to the big leagues with the Rockies this season.

Piña, 26, has been a career minor league catcher, playing in five big league games with the Royals in 2011 and 2012. He split last season with Double A Northwest Arkansas and Triple A Omaha, combining to hit .228 (68×298) with seven homers and 38 RBI. He threw out 32 of 79 attempted base stealers (40.5%).

These are organizational depth moves. The odds of either making the 25-man roster are slim.

The Mariners spring roster is currently at 61 players (40 roster, 21 non-roster), including 30 pitchers (12 non-roster), 7 catchers (4 non-roster), 14 infielders (4 non-roster) and 10 outfielders (1 non-roster).

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