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Frankoff released by Mariners

Right-hander will pursue an opportunity in Korea
MLB.com @gregjohnsmlb

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Seth Frankoff, a right-handed pitcher claimed off waivers by the Mariners from the Cubs last September, was released on Sunday in order for him to pursue an opportunity to play in Korea next season.

The move opens a spot on Seattle's 40-man roster, which is now at 36 players as the Winter Meetings open Monday.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Seth Frankoff, a right-handed pitcher claimed off waivers by the Mariners from the Cubs last September, was released on Sunday in order for him to pursue an opportunity to play in Korea next season.

The move opens a spot on Seattle's 40-man roster, which is now at 36 players as the Winter Meetings open Monday.

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Frankoff never pitched in the Mariners' organization. He was claimed from the Cubs on Sept. 4, but not added to Seattle's Major League roster in the final month of the regular season. The 29-year-old pitched in one Major League game for the Cubs, allowing four hits and two runs while taking the loss in a 5-3 setback to the Rockies on June 9.

He spent the rest of his season with Triple-A Iowa, where he posted a 2-8 mark with a 4.40 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 116 2/3 innings over 24 games, including 21 starts.

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

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