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Mariners re-sign RHP Kendall Graveman to one-year deal

Seattle’s Kendall Graveman pitches to Houston’s Alex Bregman on July 27.  (David J. Phillip)
Seattle’s Kendall Graveman pitches to Houston’s Alex Bregman on July 27. (David J. Phillip)
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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners re-signed right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman to a one-year contract Thursday.

Seattle initially declined Graveman’s $3.5 million option for the 2021 season, making him a free agent following the World Series. His free agency was short-lived as Seattle locked up the converted reliever.

Graveman signed last year to a two-year deal with the intention of becoming a starter in Seattle’s rotation. He made two starts before going on the injured list with a neck spasm. Graveman later revealed he has a benign bone tumor in his cervical spine, but could continue pitching and would be most effective as reliever.

Graveman made nine appearances out of the bullpen in September and was 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 10 innings pitched. Graveman’s longest relief outing was two scoreless innings in his final appearance of the season against Oakland.

Graveman will turn 30 before the start of next season. He previously pitched for Toronto and Oakland.

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