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.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.