Bergman will be a non-roster invite to big league spring training and is likely ticketed for Class AAA Tacoma's rotation.

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A year ago, Christian Bergman signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners to provide depth in the organization at the Class AAA level in Tacoma. By the end of the 2017 season, the veteran right-hander had made eight starts and three relief appearances for the injury-riddled Mariners’ pitching staff while being added and removed from the 40-man roster three different times.

And even with all of that upheaval, Bergman has come back to the Mariners as a free agent for 2018. Sources confirmed that Bergman signed a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training. Like last season, he is slated for the Rainiers’ rotation. Will he make as many big league appearances as in 2017? If he does, that means something has gone wrong with Seattle’s pitching staff — either injuries or poor performance — once again.

Still, having a reliable starter in Tacoma like Bergman is necessary. Last season, he posted a 4-5 record with a 5.00 ERA in eight starts and five relief appearances. Bergman was one of 40 pitchers used by Seattle last season and one of 17 different pitchers to start a game. While not overpowering, he does throw strikes and is can pitch in a starter or relief role. Bergman has appeared in 68 big league games, including 23 starts, while posting a 11-14 record and 5.58 ERA.