Mariners ink 5 to Minors deals with camp invites

Mariners ink 5 to Minors deals with camp invites

SEATTLE -- Pitchers Casey Coleman, Brad Mills and Blake Parker are among five players the Mariners have signed to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training, the club announced Thursday.

Two position players -- infielder Ed Lucas and outfielder Mike Baxter -- were also officially announced after their agreements had been reported earlier this month.

Parker, 30, has the most Major League experience of the newly signed hurlers. The right-handed reliever posted a 2-3 record and a 3.68 ERA with 85 strikeouts over 73 1/3 innings in 74 appearances with the Cubs from 2012-14, but he appeared in just three games with Triple-A Iowa in '15 before having surgery on June 16 to remove loose particles in his right elbow.

Parker's best season was 2013, when he had a 2.72 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings in 49 outings with the Cubs. He's put up a 2.86 ERA in 295 relief appearances in nine Minor League seasons.

Coleman, a 28-year-old right-hander, was 5-4 with a 4.92 ERA in 33 games, including six starts, with Triple-A Omaha in the Royals organization last season. In parts of four Major League seasons with the Cubs and Royals, he's 8-13 with a 5.72 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 177 2/3 innings over 58 games, including 26 starts.

Mills, a 30-year-old lefty, has pitched 21 games in the Majors -- including 14 starts -- over parts of six seasons and has a 4-4 record and a 7.97 ERA. He spent last season in the A's organization and was 5-12 with a 4.52 ERA in 24 starts for Triple-A Nashville and also made one start for the A's in which he allowed three runs and seven hits in five frames in a no-decision against the Orioles.

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Mills is 59-58 with a 3.82 ERA in 174 games (165 starts) over nine Minor League seasons, primarily with the Blue Jays, Angels and A's organizations.

Baxter, 31, spent last season with the Cubs, where he hit .246 in 34 games in the Majors and .279 in 74 games with Triple-A Iowa. The outfielder has played in parts of six Major League seasons with the Padres, Mets, Dodgers and Cubs, hitting .228 in 232 games.

Lucas hit .316 with six homers, 48 RBIs and a .389 on-base percentage in 107 games last season with the Rangers' Triple-A Round Rock club. The 33-year-old has played every position except catcher during his career, and he spent two seasons in the Majors with the Marlins in 2013-14, batting .255 with five homers and 37 RBIs in 163 games.

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