The Mariners signed five players — three pitchers, an outfielder and an infielder — who all have some big league experience. They will vie for spots on the 25-man roster, but will likely provide depth at Class AAA Tacoma.
The Mariners announced the signing of five players – three pitchers, an outfielder and an infielder – to minor league contracts with invitations to big league spring training.
All five players are veteran types with Major League experience. They will vie for spots on the 25-man roster, but more likely provide experienced depth at Class AAA Tacoma. These are typical signings in the offseason and it’s likely Seattle will sign a few more players to these types of deals.
Baxter, 31, played in 34 games for the Cubs last season, hitting .246 (14-for-57) with a double and two RBI. In 74 games with Class AAA Iowa, he hit .279 with nine doubles, three triples, a homer and 29 RBI. He also had a .390 on-base percentage – something the Mariners like. Baxter has played in 232 big league games over his career, hitting .228 (95-for-417) with 23 doubles, four triples, four homers and 28 RBI. Over the course of his long minor league career, Baxter is a .280 hitter with a .355 on-base percentage.
Coleman, 28, spent all of last season at the Class AAA level pitching for the Royals’ affiliate in Omaha. He appeared in 33 games – 27 relief appearances and six starts – going 5-4 with a 4.92 ERA. He’s had brief stints in the big leagues over the parts of four seasons that include 58 appearances, including 26 starts. He has 8-13 career MLB record with a 5.72 ERA.
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Lucas, 33, was with Class AAA Round Rock in 2015, posting a .316 batting average (124-for-393) with a .389 on-base percentage with 17 doubles, three triples, six homers and 49 RBI. He had big league stints in 2013 and 2014, appearing in 163 games and hitting .255 (135-for-530) with 19 doubles, a triple, five homers and 163 games. He’s played in over 1,000 minor league games and has a career .282 batting average and .355 on-base percentage. He can play first base, third base and second base.
Mills, 30, made one appearance with the A’s last season, but spent the rest of his time with Class AAA Nashville. He had 24 starts, going 5-12 with a 4.52 ERA. He’s spent time in the big leagues over six seasons with four different organizations. He’s made 14 starts and seven relief appearances, going 4-4 with a 7.97 ERA.
Parker, 30, missed almost all of 2015 after having surgery on his right elbow. He made 74 big league relief appearances over three seasons with the Cubs, posting a 2-3 record with a 3.68 ERA. In 73 1/3 innings pitched, he struck out 85 batters.