The Mariners have agreed to a 2-year, $11 million contract with lefty reliever Mark Rzepczynski, a source has confirmed to SB Nation. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com first reported that a deal was close.
Seattle has been aggressive throughout the early weeks of the offseason, acquiring Jean Segura, Danny Valencia, Carlos Ruiz, Richie Shaffer and Taylor Motter in trades while parting with Taijuan Walker, Ketel Marte and Alex Jackson. General manager Jerry Dipoto said recently that the club was prioritizing bullpen upgrades, with the addition of Rzepczynski coming as the first move.
Rzepczynski, 31, drew interest from five or six clubs this winter after posting a 2.64 ERA in 47.2 innings for the Athletics and Nationals last year. He is a veteran of 8 major-league seasons with six different clubs and will join lefty Paul Fry in the Mariners’ immediate bullpen mix.