Latest On Michael Wuertz

1:35pm: The Mariners were close to signing Wuertz, but opted against it, Baker tweets. As he points out, this is an indication they're seeking relief help.

10:49am: Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times hears that the Mariners will not be signing Wuertz (Twitter link). Heyman confirms that there's no agreement in place (Twitter link).

10:22am: The Mariners have agreed to sign free agent reliever Michael Wuertz, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets. The Beverly Hills Sports Council represents the right-hander.

Wuertz, 33, posted a 6.68 ERA with 8.6 K/9 and 7.0 BB/9 in 33 2/3 innings for the A's in 2011, just two seasons after emerging as one of the league's dominant setup men. He battled hamstring and thumb injuries last year, which limited him to 39 appearances. Wuertz throws his slider approximately 60% of the time, according to FanGraphs.


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