Mariners sign Waldrop to Minor League deal

Mariners sign Waldrop to Minor League deal

SEATTLE -- Kyle Waldrop, a 25-year-old outfielder who played 15 games with the Reds last season, has signed a Minor League contract with the Mariners that includes an invitation to the Major League camp in February.

Waldrop became a free agent after being designated for assignment by the Reds in September. He hit .227 with a double and one RBI in 22 at-bats for Cincinnati last season, and also had one at-bat for the big league club in 2015.

The left-hander posted a .252/.300/.363 line with five home runs and 27 RBIs in 96 games for Triple-A Louisville last year, and is a career .274/320/.429 hitter in seven Minor League seasons since being a 12th-round Draft pick of the Reds in 2010 out of Riverdale High in Fort Myers, Fla.

Waldrop acknowledged the news on his Twitter account (@K_Wally15): "Really excited to be joining the Mariners organization! Ready to start this new journey. Thank you Reds for everything these past years!"

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.