May 23, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Todd Coffey (60) looks on during the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners Sign Todd Coffey to Minor-League Deal

Todd Coffey, formerly of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is now a Seattle Mariner. Or, at the very least, a part of the M’s Minor League system.

Via Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune:

Coffey did not pitch in 2013 while recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. Prior to injuring his throwing arm, he was a serviceable middle reliever in the Bigs.

From 2009-2012, he sported a 3.76 ERA in 225 innings of work.

Pending a physical on Thursday, Coffey will join the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers, in hopes of pitching his way onto the Major League roster.

At 33, though, it will be an uphill climb.

It had been confirmed before Heath Bell‘s deal with the Baltimore Orioles that the M’s were interested in his services. Why? Because you can never have too much pitching.

The Mariners bullpen has gone from stellar to shaky night-to-night, and having a veteran reliever can go a long way to stabilizing the bullpen– which is inherently inconsistent in baseball.

Whether or not Coffey makes it up to Seattle this season, he provides minor league depth in case of injuries or slumps. And with Stephen Pryor down in Tacoma raring to get back to the Bigs, it only makes sense to continue bolstering the ‘Pen if the Mariners really want to make a run at any sort of postseason berth.


Do you think Todd Coffey is a good signing? Or a waste of money on a minor league roster spot? The bigger question still looms, though: will the Mariners go after a professional right-handed batter in the coming months?

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  • tedsfrozenhead

    What is the fascination GMZ has with reaching for injured players who have not played, or played sparingly, last season? Good organizations don’t sign players like this and hope for the best. Winning organizations don’t just acquire players who are better than average, they sign players who are proven to be exceptional. Until this dog of a franchise changes it’s way of thinking it will always suffer. Uncle Fester has got to go!

    • JJ Allen Keller

      Good organizations don’t sign essentially free bullpen depth? I am sorry, but that is just plain wrong. Calling for a GMs head for a minor league signing?

      Good orgs don’t only have exceptional players. They have a couple exceptional players (if that) and no holes anywhere. Donaldson is the only legit star on the A’s, and they have the best run differential in the league.

      • tedsfrozenhead

        If you think the heavy reliance GMZ puts into reclamation players is the sign of a good GM you are, respectfully, not too bright. They are the type of players you sign to augment your roster of established players of proven contributors, where if they pan out they are a nice little bonus. To sign players like hart, Morrison, Bay,etc, as key additions is a desperation grab.

        GM 101