Veteran reliever Tom Wilhelmsen’s second tour with the Mariners officially came to an end Tuesday when he was placed on unconditional-release waivers.
The move follows Friday’s decision to designate Wilhelmsen for assignment in order to clear space on the 40-man roster. He was 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 29 games after returning to the Mariners on June 22 following his release by Texas.
Wilhelmsen, 32, is out of options, which played a role in the decision.
Three other relievers are also out of options: Nick Vincent, Evan Scribner and Archimedes Caminero. Veteran Steve Cishek has sufficient service time to prevent the club from sending him to the minors without his permission
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"We need to maintain some level of flexibility down there," general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "It made the decision on what to do moving forward with Tom a little easier.
"He did a very nice job for us, and I certainly wish him well in free agency. This actually allows us to keep somewhat of an open door if something arises and we’d like to bring him back."
Unconditional-release waivers permit any club to claim the player for $1. The player then has five days to accept the claim or reject it and become a free agent. Wilhelmsen is unlikely to be claimed because he is eligible for arbitration.
The Mariners signed Wilhelmsen as a free agent on Feb. 26, 2010. He reached the majors in 2011 and spent five years in the big leagues before a Nov. 16, 2015 trade sent him to Texas in a five-player deal that netted outfielder Leonys Martin.
Wilhelmsen is 13-14 with 68 saves in 317 games over six big-league seasons.
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