The Mariners announced today that they have inked a MLB pact with right-handed hurler Ruben Alaniz. He’ll take the 33rd spot on the club’s 40-man roster, leaving plenty of room still to work with.
Alaniz, 27, has not yet received a shot at the majors. The nine-year minor-league veteran has mostly toiled without fanfare. Originally signed by the Astros, he pitched for two years in the Tigers system before joining the Rays on a minors pact last winter.
Evidently, Alaniz did enough in 2018 to convince the M’s he is worthy of a MLB roster spot — for the time being at least. He threw 42 2/3 innings of 3.38 ERA ball with 53 strikeouts and 16 walks over 31 appearances, most of which came at the Triple-A level.
While he’ll still have to show he’s worthy of holding onto a 40-man placement, Alaniz will now enter camp with a real shot at earning a chance to pitch in the majors out of camp, or at least take up a place on the club’s relief depth chart. The Seattle organization inked another minor-league free agent, infielder Dylan Moore, to a major-league contract earlier this winter.