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Mariners Outright Mauricio Llovera – MLB Trade Rumors

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The Mariners announced that right-hander Mauricio Llovera has cleared waivers and been sent outright to Triple-A Tacoma. He has also been reassigned to minor league camp. It had not been previously reported that the righty was removed from the roster, so this will drop Seattle’s 40-man count to 39.

Llovera, 28 next month, has never appeared in a regular season game for the Mariners, having just been claimed off waivers from the Red Sox in January. He has 59 innings of major league experience under this belt with the Phillies, Giants and Red Sox over the past four years. He has a 5.80 ERA in that time, with a 20.6% strikeout rate, 10.1% walk rate and 44.6% ground ball rate.

He has been more impressive in Triple-A, posting a 2.82 ERA at that level in 92 2/3 innings over the past three years. He punched out 25.9% of opponents in that time and walked just 8.8%. Much of that sample was in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, when Llovera was in the Giants’ system.

The M’s took a flier on him but things haven’t gone especially well since then. He’s allowed five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings this spring. His velocity was down a few ticks, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, which may have contributed to his uninspiring performance of late.

Llovera is now out of options and needed to either have a spot on the active roster or else be removed from the 40-man entirely. The M’s are dealing with some injuries to relievers like Gregory Santos, Matt Brash and Jackson Kowar, which could have opened a role for Llovera. But it appears his recent struggles led them to put him on waivers instead, with the 29 other clubs passing on a chance to grab him.

Llovera has a previous career outright, which means that he has the ability to reject this assignment and elect free agency. It’s not yet clear if he has chosen to do so.

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