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Heyman: Marc Rzepczynski finalizing deal with Mariners

August 31, 2016: Washington Nationals Pitcher Marc Rzepczynski (23) [8226] winds up during a Major League Baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)
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The Seattle Mariners are in the midst of finalizing a deal with left-handed relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski, as confirmed by FanRag Sports. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was first to report.

Prior to landing Rzepczynski on Thursday afternoon, Seattle previously acquired right-handed pitchers Rob Whalen and Max Povse from the Atlanta Braves while also shipping fellow right-hander Taijuan walker and shortstop Ketel Marte to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

While inching closer to a postseason berth in 2016, the Mariners came up short for the 15th consecutive season after finishing the year with an 86-76 record.

The 31-year-old Rzepczynski will be join a Mariners’ relief staff that ranked seventh in the majors last season behind a 3.55 bullpen ERA. As a team, Seattle ranked eighth in the big leagues thanks to an even 4.00 ERA.

Last season, Rzepczynski split the year between both coasts as he suited up for the Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals. Making a combined 70 relief appearances en route to 47.2 innings of work in all, he produced a 2.64 ERA alongside a 1-0 record, 11 holds, one blown save and 46 strikeouts against 29 walks.

Prior to last season, Rzepczynski made stops with the Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres along the way. However, he has never managed to last more than two full seasons with any one club since breaking into the league in 2009.

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