Mariners add Mike Hampton, Casey Candaele to coaching staff


Seattle put the finishing touches on new manager Scott Servais’ coaching staff, adding Mike Hampton as bullpen coach and Casey Candaele as first base coach.

Hampton played 16 seasons in the majors, making two All-Star teams and earning more than $125 million as a left-handed starting pitcher for six different teams. He was originally drafted by the Mariners out of high school in 1990 and came up through their farm system before debuting as a 20-year-old in 1993. He retired in 2010 and has been a pitching coach in the minors for the Angels, where he worked under new Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto.

Candaele played nine seasons in the majors, the last of which was 1997. He was hired away from the Rangers organization, where he’s been coaching in the minors and was recently promoted to field coordinator.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.