The Mariners announced on Tuesday that reliever Tom Wilhelmsen has been placed on waivers for the purpose of releasing him.
Wilhelmsen, 32, returned to the Mariners for a second time in June after opening the 2016 season with the Rangers. In 46 1/3 innings between both teams, the right-hander put up a disappointing 6.80 ERA and a 28/19 K/BB ratio.
Wilhelmsen saved 43 games in 2012-13 for the Mariners, but his ability to miss bats nosedived this past season and he has never been a maven of control.
The Rays announced on Tuesday that the club acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
As all three starting outfield jobs in Tampa Bay are spoken for, Bourjos is looking at a bench role to open the 2017 regular season. Last season with the Phillies, Bourjos hit .251/.292/.389 with 20 doubles, 23 RBI, and 40 runs scored in 383 plate appearances. The bat is still weak, but he also still plays solid defense and runs the bases well.
The Reds claimed second baseman Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Tuesday.
Gennett, who turns 27 years old on May 1, was expendable as the Brewers planned to use Jonathan Villar on an everyday basis at second base. He’ll provide infield depth in Cincinnati.
Over parts of four seasons in the majors, Gennett has hit .279/.318/.420 with 35 home runs and 160 RBI in 1,637 plate appearances.