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December 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

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

As spring training nears, there will be plenty of teams signing players to minor league deals with invites to spring training.  The Mariners announced three of them today – two were already know, and the third is a reunion of sorts.

The team announced that right-handed pitchers Justin Germano and Mark Lowe and infielder Carlos Rivero have signed minor league contracts with invites to major league spring training.

The news on Germano and Rivero broke last week.

Rivero was claimed off waivers by the Mariners from the Red Sox. Seattle didn’t tender him a major league contract since he’s out of minor league options. Instead, they signed him to a minor league deal to provide depth and insurance in case Willie Bloomquist isn’t ready for the season. Rivero is currently playing for Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League. He leads the league in homers with 14 and RBI with 42 and is hitting .282 .

Germano is a veteran starting pitcher signed to fill out the rotation at Class AAA Tacoma and serve as a possible emergency starter if needed. He appeared in 96 MLB games (48 starts) with the Padres (2004, 2007-08), Reds (2006), Indians (2010-11), Red Sox (2012), Cubs (2012), Blue Jays (2013) and Rangers (2014). Last season he pitched in the PCL for two different organizations, going  4-13 with a 4.51 ERA (66 ER, 131.2 IP).

Lowe returns to the organization that drafted him. He split the 2014 season between Class AAA Columbus (4-3, 5.62 ERA, 41 G, 17 saves) and Cleveland (0-1, 3.86 ERA, 7 G). He was originally taken by the Mariners in the 5th round of the 2004 amateur draft. During his time in Seattle, he appeared in 162 games. He was traded to the Texas Rangers as part of the Cliff Lee trade in 2009.

 

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