The Seattle Mariners, after signing right-hander Manny Delcarmen to a minor-league contract earlier this week, may not be done adding to their bullpen.
The M’s are interested in righty Chad Durbin, the best remaining free-agent reliever, major league sources say.
Durbin, 33, has received offers from several projected non-contenders. The Mariners, coming off 101 losses, fit that description. But while Durbin would prefer to pitch for a competitive team after making three straight playoff appearances with the Philadelphia Phillies, he might not have a choice.
The Minnesota Twins, a contender that could use relief help, are not looking at Durbin, sources say. The Tampa Bay Rays, while possibly interested in Durbin, need a true back-end anchor more.
The competition for relief spots in Mariners’ camp figures to be lively. Closer David Aardsma is coming off surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, though he is expected to be ready by Opening Day. Righty Shawn Kelley could be out until June after undergoing elbow surgery.
Righty Brandon League is a leading returning setup man. Righty Chris Ray, like Delcarmen, will be in camp on a minor-league deal. Righties Dan Cortes and Josh Lueke will be among the young pitchers competing for bullpen roles.
— Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi