M’s Add Veteran Relievers

The Mariners announced they have signed a pair of veteran major league relief pitchers to minor league contracts. Each could pitch for Tacoma this season.

The team went local and signed left-hander Nick Hagadone, inviting him to major league spring training.

Hagadone is a 2004 graduate of Sumner High School, and he pitched for the University of Washington for three years after that. Boston drafted him No. 55 overall in 2007, and after a trade he reached the big leagues with the Indians in 2011.

Hagadone has pitched in 143 major league games, all as a reliever, going 3-2 with a 4.72 ERA. His last extended Triple-A experience was 23 games for Columbus in 2013.

He missed all of 2015 with an elbow injury, and the Mariners are bringing him to camp to see if he’s fully recovered. If so, he could open the season with Tacoma or even pitch his way onto the big league roster – he’s one to watch during spring training.

The M’s also brought in veteran right-hander Jean Machi, who has reached the pinnacle of the sport.

Machi was a member of the 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, pitching in 71 games and going 7-1 with a 2.58 ERA. He then appeared in six postseason games, including three in the World Series against Kansas City.

We’ve seen a lot of Machi over the years. He pitched for Fresno from 2011-2013, facing the Rainiers on numerous occasions.

Last year Machi pitched for both Iowa and Sacramento in the PCL. In 195 career Triple-A games, he has a 3.48 ERA.

Machi turns 35 tomorrow. The M’s are bringing him to camp to see if there is anything left in the tank.

There is a good chance both could open the season with the Rainiers. If the Mariners think that either of them can help the big league team at some point during the season, they’ll keep them in Tacoma. This season is going to be all about the Triple-A team having players ready to step in at the major league level when needed.

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Check back on Thursday afternoon for a look at the possible 2017 Tacoma Rainiers outfielders as we move closer to spring training.

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