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Mariners take Indians’ Class-A reliever in Rule 5 draft

Jose Flores, a 21-year-old relief pitcher in the Cleveland Indians’ farm system, was selected by the Mariners with the second pick in Thursday’s Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft.

Flores, who pitched in Single-A ball for the Lake County Captains in the Midwest League, now must remain with the Mariners for the entire 2011 season or be offered back to the Indians for $25,000.

The Venezuelan-born reliever was 1-1 with six saves and a 2.14 ERA in 42 innings last year for Lake County, striking out 51 while walking just seven. He held opponents to a .224 batting average.

Flores originally signed with the Indians as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He’s posted a 3.92 ERA with 129 strikeouts in 156 innings in four seasons in Cleveland’s system.
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A year ago, the Mariners picked up reliever Kanekoa Texeira from the Yankees in the Rule 5 draft and he made the team out of Spring Training, but was designated for assignment after two months with Seattle and wound up getting claimed off waivers by Kansas City.
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The selection now puts the Mariners’ 40-man roster at a full 40, so someone will have to be moved to create space for the expected signing of free-agent designated hitter Jack Cust once he passes a physical and his agreement is made official.
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The Rule 5 draft is the final part of the Winter Meetings. The Mariners’ officials will return home Thursday evening.

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