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Mariners sign Tim Beckham to one-year deal

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The Seattle Mariners have signed Tim Beckham to a one-year, $1.75 million contract. There are reportedly incentives that could bump it to $2 million as well.

Beckham, the former number one overall pick in the draft, was non-tendered by the Orioles in November after a .230/.287/.374 season. Given that the Mariners acquired J.P. Crawford earlier this offseason it’s unlikely Beckham will be a starter as opposed to insurance or as a utility guy.

Corey Kluber removed from his rehab game

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Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.

Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.

It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.