Mariners sign free agent right-handed pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen

LHP Charlie Furbush transferred to the 60-day disabled list; RHP Jonathan Aro optioned to AAA Tacoma

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced the following roster moves prior to today's (4:08 pm PT) game at the Detroit Tigers:

  • Tom Wilhelmsen, RHP, signed to a Major League contract and added to the 25-man roster.
  • Charlie Furbush, LHP, transferred to the 60-day disabled list (left shoulder biceps tendinitis).
  • Jonathan Aro, RHP, optioned to AAA Tacoma (post-game June 21)

Wilhelmsen (#54) will be in uniform and available for today's (4:08 pm PT) game in Detroit.
 
The Mariners Major League, 40-man roster remains full.
 
Wilhelmsen, 32, was 11-10 with 67 saves and a 2.97 ERA (103 ER, 312.1 IP) with 294 strikeouts and 140 walks in 267 games, including 2 starts, in five seasons with the Mariners from 2011 to 2015. In 2015 with Seattle, Wilhelmsen was 2-2 with 13 saves and a 3.19 ERA (22 ER, 62.0 IP) with 60 strikeouts in 53 games.
 
Wilhelmsen is the Mariners all-time club leader in ERA (min. 300.0 IP) with a mark of 2.97. Wilhelmsen is also tied with Norm Charlton for the 5th-most saves in club history with 67. His 265 relief appearances with Seattle rank 6th in club history.
 
In 21 appearances with Texas this season, Wilhelmsen was 2-3 with a 10.55 ERA (25 ER, 21.1 IP) with 11 strikeouts. Wilhelmsen declined an outright assignment from Texas and was granted free agency earlier this season on June 16. Wilhelmsen was traded to Texas along with OF James Jones and INF Patrick Kivlehan in exchange for OF Leonys Martin and RHP Anthony Bass on Nov. 16, 2015.
 
Wilhelmsen signed with the Mariners as a minor league free agent before the 2010 season after taking time away from baseball. He was originally played in the minors with Milwaukee in 2003 after being selected in the 7th round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Tucson High Magnet School (Tucson, AZ).
 
Furbush, 30, has not pitched this season after being placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 3 (retroactive to March 25) with left shoulder biceps tendinitis.
 
Aro, 25, was 0-0 with a 0.00 (0 ER, 0.2 IP) in 1 appearance with Seattle after being recalled from AAA Tacoma on June 17.
 
Prior to being recalled, Aro was 2-2 with 1 save and a 2.45 ERA (9 ER, 33.0 IP) with 24 strikeouts in 22 games including 1 start with AAA Tacoma this season. In his last 12 appearances, including 1 start, Aro was 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA (5 ER, 15.0 IP) with 16 strikeouts and 2 walks for Tacoma. In 21 relief appearances with Tacoma, Aro was 2-2 with 1 save and a 2.79 ERA (9 ER, 29.0 IP) with 22 strikeouts and 9 walks. Aro had posted 14 scoreless relief appearances, including 9 of his last 11 outings, with Tacoma.