Thehave cleared a logjam in their bullpen with a little help from some friends overseas.
Seattle will reportedly sell flame-throwing relieverto the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, according to . Caminero has already agreed to a deal with the Giants, who are often regarded as Japan’s version of the Yankees.
The move would open up a spot on the 40-man roster for the Mariners while also allowing Caminero to move on without losing him to another major-league team. Although not yet eligible for arbitration, Caminero would be out of options in 2017, and likely wouldn't have made it through waivers if the Mariners tried to sneak him through. He also faced an uphill battle for a bullpen job in 2017, with several hard-throwing right-handers, includingand , already guaranteed relief spots ahead of him.
Caminero was acquired by Seattle from thein August for two minor leaguers. The 29-year-old pitched reasonably well after the trade, posting a 3.66 ERA and striking out 18 batters in 19 2/3 innings for Seattle, but walked 11 batters and made just five appearances for the Mariners in September.
He’s probably best known for his blazing fastball, which averaged 98 mph in 2016 and hit speeds above 100 mph nine times last season, according to.
Caminero leaves the majors having compiled a 3.83 ERA, 1.400 WHIP, and 143 strikeouts over 149 appearances with the Mariners, Pirates, and.
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