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Mariners claim reliever Morin from Royals

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SEATTLE -- Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto reached into his past with the Angels on Friday, claiming right-handed reliever Mike Morin off waivers from the Royals. Morin pitched four seasons with the Angels until finishing last year with Kansas City.

The Royals signed Morin to a one-year deal earlier this week to avoid arbitration, but then exposed him to waivers after he'd agreed to a split contract that will be worth $750,000 if he pitches in the Majors or $250,000 if he's in the Minor Leagues.

SEATTLE -- Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto reached into his past with the Angels on Friday, claiming right-handed reliever Mike Morin off waivers from the Royals. Morin pitched four seasons with the Angels until finishing last year with Kansas City.

The Royals signed Morin to a one-year deal earlier this week to avoid arbitration, but then exposed him to waivers after he'd agreed to a split contract that will be worth $750,000 if he pitches in the Majors or $250,000 if he's in the Minor Leagues.

The 26-year-old is 10-8 with a 4.61 ERA in 183 Major League appearances in his four seasons in the big leagues, but struggled last season. He posted a 6.91 ERA in 10 outings with the Angels before being claimed by the Royals on Sept. 12 and putting up a 7.94 ERA in six outings.

Morin was drafted in the 13th round by the Angels in 2012 out of North Carolina.

The addition of Morin puts the Mariners' 40-man roster at 37.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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