Mariners claim reliever Taylor Williams off waivers from Brewers

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.

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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.

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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.

Ben Arthur covers sports for SeattlePI. He can be reached by email at Follow him on twitter at @benyarthur.

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