Ex-White Sox reliever latest non-roster invitee

Josh Kinney, who pitched 13 games for the White Sox last season, has signed a Minor League with a non-roster invitation to Major League camp with the Mariners. (Getty Images)

The Mariners officially released a list of 11 non-roster invitees on Tuesday and there is one new name in the batch: former Cardinals and White Sox reliever Josh Kinney.

The 32-year-old has pitched in 58 Major League games in his career, including 13 last season with the White Sox when he had a 6.62 ERA in 17 2/3 innings.

Kinney previously pitched with St. Louis from 2006-09, appearing in 45 games — including seven in the Cardinals’ postseason run in ’06 when they won the World Series.

He went 6-3 with 14 saves and a 2.77 ERA in 49 appearances with Triple-A Charlotte last season while with the White Sox organization.

The rest of the 10 names in the Mariners’ official release were familiar to those who’ve followed along over the offseason, having been leaking out from various sources. They include the likes of former Mariners infielder Luis Rodriguez, ex-Giants speedster Darren Ford, veteran catcher Guillermo Quiroz and a host of pitchers with varied experience.

Here’s the full list:

  • RHP Matt Fox
  • LHP Steve Garrison
  • RHP Jarrett Grube
  • LHP Sean Henn
  • RHP Josh Kinney
  • RHP Jeff Marquez
  • RHP Scott Patterson
  • C Guillermo Quiroz
  • INF Luis Rodriguez
  • LHP Phillippe Valiquette

That last name is interesting, as Valiquette was actually signed last Aug. 23 after being released off the Reds’ 40-man roster. He’s a flame-throwing lefty out of Montreal who had reached the Triple-A level in 2010 before getting hurt, so he might be one to keep an eye on this spring to see where he’s at in his return.

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