#Mariners sign RHP Matt Palmer to a minor league deal.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 26, 2013
The Seattle Mariners have made another minor move in preparing their organization for 2014 by signing RHP Matt Palmer to a minor league deal on Thursday.
Palmer, 34, last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the San Diego Padres. Palmer was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2002 and started his pro career strong with a 1.84 ERA in 16 games with the Class-A Short Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.
After a few games with the Giants in 2008, his first real shot in the majors came in 2009 with the Los Angeles Angels. In 40 games, including 13 starts, Palmer was 11-2 with a 3.93 ERA.
However he struggled after that season and has spent the majority of the last four years in Triple-A with various short stints at the major league level.
He made some improvements in Triple-A Albuquerque in 2013, raising his K/BB ratio to above 2.00 (2.34) for the first time since 2006.
We can assume a Spring Training invite is in store for Palmer, who at 34-years old, is probably looking at his last shot to prove his stuff.