Brian Sweeney agrees to Minor League deal

Former Mariners and Padres reliever Brian Sweeney has agreed to a straight Minor League contract with the Mariners and will join the team’s Minor League camp when it opens on March 5.

Sweeney, 37, was in the Mets organization last year and went 5-5 with a 4.34 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo, with eight starts among his 32 appearances.

The right-hander pitched for Seattle in 2003 and again in 2010, when he posted a 3.16 ERA in 37 innings over 24 relief appearances.

Sweeney also pitched for the Padres in ’04 and ’06 and is 4-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 73 appearances in his Major League career. He spent 2007-09 pitching in Japan.

Sweeney is not among the 25 non-roster invitees who will be at the team’s Major League camp, which opens in two weeks when pitchers and catchers report in Peoria on Feb. 11.


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