Mariners Sign Kensing, Pina To Minor League Deals

Mar 6, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Team USA pitcher Logan Kensing pitches during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners have signed right-handed pitcher Logan Kensing and catcher Manny Pina to minor league contracts with invitations to the Major League camp.

Kensing made only one big leauge appearance in 2013, his first since missing all of 2010 with a shoulder injury. He came up with the Marlins in 2004 after being drafted in 2003. He has bounced around from the Nationals to the Yankees to the Pirates and to the Rockies since 2009.

He may be putting it back together though. His numbers at Triple-A Colorado Springs – 3.05 ERA in 44 relief appearances, with 37 hits, 41 strikeouts and 22 walks in 44 1/3 innings – would be a welcome addition to the bullpen in Seattle.

Pina has split his time as a pro between the Rangers and Royals organizations. He has played in five MLB games (3-for-16, 2 2B).

He’s not exactly a great defensive catcher (threw out only 40.5% of would-be base stealers in 2013) but he adds more depth to the position and creates more competition in camp.

There are now 61 players on the Mariners Spring Training roster. Pitchers and catchers report February 12.

Topics: Seattle Mariners

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  • Mike Mason

    I wonder if Cano would have signed with the M’s if he knew that he would be playing with a collection of cripples, castoffs and minor leaguers.

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