Mariners re­shape their bullpen

Ad­di­tion of two re­liev­ers on eve of trade dead­line might not be Seat­tle’s last moves, man­ager says

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SEAT­TLE — The Seat­tle Mariners worked on their bullpen again on Mon­day, ac­quir­ing left-han­der Zach Duke from the Min­nesota Twins and right-han­der Adam War­ren from the New York Yan­kees for a pair of mi­nor lea­guers.

The trades on the eve of the non-waiver dead­line pro­vided two more re­lief op­tions for man­ager Scott Ser­vais with Seat­tle in the play­off hunt in the AL West.

The Mariners sent pitcher Chase De Jong and in­fielder Ryan Costello to the Twins, and dealt in­ter­na­tional slot money to the Yan­kees for War­ren.

“Ob­vi­ously a lot of teams are look­ing to add to the bullpen this time of year with the trade dead­line com­ing up. I’m not sur­prised,” Ser­vais said. “It may not be the last thing we do.”

Gen­eral man­ager Jerry Dipoto said re­cently he was hop­ing to add an­other righty to the bullpen and pick up a left-handed spe­cial­ist as well to take some stress off James Pa­zos. He ac­com­plished both by ac­quir­ing Sam Tuiv­ailala from St. Louis late last week and then land­ing Duke and War­ren.

“Zach adds both ex­pe­ri­ence and left-handed depth to our bullpen,” Dipoto said. “We be­lieve he can be an im­por­tance piece for us over the bal­ance of the sea­son.”

The 35-year-old Duke went 3-4 with a 3.62 ERA in 45 ap­pear­ances for the Twins. He has lim­ited left-handed bat­ters to a .237 av­er­age this sea­son.

Min­nesota is send­ing $75,000 to Seat­tle as part of the deal. Duke is owed $716,667 of his $2.15 mil­lion salary.

He has earned a $200,000 bonus for mak­ing 40 pitch­ing ap­pear­ances and can earn up to $1.3 mil­lion more, get­ting the en­tire amount if he makes 65 pitch­ing ap­pear­ances.

“Duke’s got a pretty good track record of get­ting left­ies out. The last cou­ple of years he’s been pretty good against the right­ies, too,” Ser­vais said. “He’s got dif­fer­ent arm an­gles, a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent look, he’s got ex­pe­ri­ence, so a wel­come ad­di­tion.”

Duke was play­ing catch on the field be­fore Min­nesota’s home game against Cleve­land when he was sum­moned for a meet­ing with chief base­ball of­fi­cer Derek Falvey, gen­eral man­ager Thad Levine and man­ager Paul Moli­tor.

The Mariners will be Duke’s sev­enth team in the last six sea­sons. He signed with Min­nesota in the off-sea­son and has also played for Pitts­burgh, Wash­ing­ton, Cincin­nati, Mil- wau­kee, St. Louis and the Chicago White Sox.

Duke be­came pri­mar­ily a re­liever in 2012 af­ter start­ing his ca­reer with the Pi­rates as a starter.

“I truly en­joyed my time here. Love the guys in this room, and I’m go­ing to miss there,” Duke said. “But I’m look­ing very for­ward to be­ing out there in a pen­nant race.”

The 30-year-old War­ren, of­ten used as a long re­liever, was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 24 ap­pear­ances this sea­son, in­ter­rupted by a stint on the dis­abled list from April 21 through June 3 caused by a strained back. He has a $3,315,000 salary and is el­i­gi­ble for free agency af­ter the World Se­ries.

The 24-year-old De Jong started 21 games for Dou­ble-A Arkansas, go­ing 5-5 with a 3.80 ERA, but pitched in the ma­jors last year for Seat­tle as it cy­cled through 16 dif­fer­ent start­ing pitch­ers due to in­juries. De Jong made four starts and ap­peared in seven games for the Mariners. The 22-year-old Costello hit .266 with 70 RBIs for Class A Clin­ton.


Seat­tle ac­quired a pair of re­liev­ers, in­clud­ing Adam War­ren from the New York Yan­kees, in an at­tempt to bol­ster its bullpen.

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