Mariners make first move of offseason with claim of RHP Phillips Valdz

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto's first acquisition of the not-so-offseason is… Phillips Valdéz. The Mariners have claimed the right-handed reliever off waivers from the Texas Rangers. Valdéz, who will turn 28 in two weeks, debuted in the MLB this year and posted a 3.94 ERA in 16 innings pitched, striking out 18 while walking nine. Originally signed by the Cleveland Indians, Valdéz spent the majority of his 10-year minor league career in the Nationals organization both as a starter and a reliever. In 2018 he posted a 2.73 ERA in 135 innings pitched combined between Double-A and Triple-A. With Triple-A Nashville in 2019, Valdéz posted a 4.92 ERA with 36 walks and 65 strikeouts over 78 2/3

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