Seattle claimed catcher David Freitas off waivers from the Braves and reinstated pitcher Rob Whalen from the restricted list.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto continued to shuffle the bottom part of the team’s 40-man roster — something that is expected to continue over the next few weeks.
On Friday, the Mariners claimed catcher David Freitas from the Atlanta Braves. They also reinstated pitcher right-handed pitcher Rob Whalen from the restricted list to the 40-man roster — filling the two open spots.
Freitas, 28, made his Major League debut with the Braves as a September call-up this season, playing in six games. He hit .235 (4 for 17) with two runs scored and two RBI. A right-handed hitter, he spent much of the season with Class AAA Gwinnett, hitting .263 (62 for 236) with 13 doubles, three home runs, 21 RBI and 25 walks in 72 games. From a defensive standpoint, Freitas threw out 30.2 percent of attempted base stealers (16 CS, 33 SB).
With back-up catcher Carlos Ruiz headed for free agency, Freitas provides roster depth along with Mike Marjama behind starter Mike Zunino. He will likely be ticketed for Class AAA Tacoma if he remains on the roster. Freitas is a well-traveled minor league catcher, having played in five different organizations after being drafted in the 15th round out of Hawaii in the 2010 draft by the Nationals.
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Whalen, who turns 24 on Jan. 31, returns to the roster after being placed on the restricted list in early July. After making a start on July 5 with Class AAA Tacoma, Whalen walked away from the team without initial permission and went back to his home to contemplate his future in baseball. It was his last appearance of the season. The Mariners placed him on the restricted list to open a 40-man spot.
Whalen was acquired last offseason from the Braves with right-hander Max Povse in exchange for former first-round pick Alex Jackson and pitcher Tyler Pike. Whalen made one start and one relief appearance for the Mariners this past season, posting a 6.14 ERA in 7 1/3 innings pitched. He made 10 starts with Tacoma, posting a 0-7 record with a 6.85 ERA with 43 strikeouts and 20 walks. He battled a calf injury and shoulder issues during spring training and started the season on the disabled list.