Seattle reels in another reliever in Middleton

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto continues adding experienced late-inning relievers to his bullpen as the club announced the signing of free-agent right-hander Keynan Middleton on Wednesday. One day after acquiring Rangers closer Rafael Montero via trade, Dipoto signed Middleton to a one-year Major League deal. Outfielder Phillip Ervin was designated

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto continues adding experienced late-inning relievers to his bullpen as the club announced the signing of free-agent right-hander Keynan Middleton on Wednesday.

One day after acquiring Rangers closer Rafael Montero via trade, Dipoto signed Middleton to a one-year Major League deal. Outfielder Phillip Ervin was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Middleton.

Middleton was a third-round Draft pick of the Angels in 2013 when Dipoto was the GM in Anaheim. The 27-year-old from Portland, Ore., had a strong rookie campaign with the Halos in ’17 — going 6-1 with a 3.86 ERA and three saves in 64 appearances — and opened the ’18 season as the team’s closer, compiling six saves and a 2.04 ERA in 16 games before right elbow issues led to Tommy John surgery.

Welcome home, Keynan!

We have signed Portland-native (and Mariners fan) Keynan Middleton, a right-handed pitcher, to a Major League contract.

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— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) December 16, 2020

Middleton returned in September 2019 and put up a 1.17 ERA in 11 outings, then had a 5.25 ERA in 13 appearances during…

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