The Seattle Mariners on Friday claimed reliever Taylor Williams off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers and designated reliever Phillips Valdez on assignment in a corresponding move.
Williams, 28, posted a 2-4 record with a 5.23 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 71 relief appearances across three seasons with the Brewers (2017-19). In 10 appearances with Milwaukee last year, the right-handed reliever went 1-1 with 15 strikeouts. He spent most of 2019 with Triple-A San Antonio (3-3, 2.83 ERA, 46 games).
A 2013 fourth-round pick in the MLB draft, Williams was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Feb. 19. He’s a native of Vancouver, Washington.
Valdez, 28, never played a game with Seattle, after being claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers in November last year.
In 11 relief appearances with Texas last season, Valdez went 0-0 with a 3.94 ERA with 18 strikeouts and nine walks. In parts of 10 minor league seasons (2009-19), he has a 38-34 record with a 3.76 ERA.
The Mariners have their first spring training game in Peoria, Arizona at 12:10 p.m. PT Saturday.