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Mariners sign Jayson Werth to a minor league deal

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The Seattle Mariners have signed Jayson Werth to a minor league deal. The plan is for Werth to go to Peoria for extended spring training, after which he’ll report to Triple-A Tacoma.

Werth, who will be 39 in May, completed a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Nationals in 2017. While he had his high points with the Nats, age and injury caused his performance to decline over time. Last season he played in only 70 games hitting .226/.322/.393 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 289 plate appearances.

If he rakes in Tacoma and/or if an injury occurs to one the M’s outfielders, he may very well be back in the bigs. It’s not completely in his hands, of course.

The Mariners turned an odd triple play with the help of Evan Gattis

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Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.

Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.

That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.