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Hunter Strickland, Mariners finalize free-agent deal

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 7:20 p.m.

Relief pitcher Hunter Strickland will have a new team in 2019, leaving the San Francisco Giants for the Seattle Mariners as a free agent. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)
Relief pitcher Hunter Strickland will have a new team in 2019, leaving the San Francisco Giants for the Seattle Mariners as a free agent. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)
Associated Press

SEATTLE – Reliever Hunter Strickland and the Seattle Mariners have finalized a $1.3 million, one-year contract.

Strickland can earn $450,000 in performance bonuses for games as part of the deal announced Sunday: $75,000 for 25 games, $100,000 for 34, $125,000 for 45 and $150,000 for 50.

He can make an additional $875,000 for games finished: $50,000 for 20, $175,000 for 30, $250,000 for 40 and $400,000 for 50.

The 30-year-old right-hander spent the past five seasons with San Francisco, going 14-14 with a 2.91 earned-run average. He was 3-5 with a 3.97 ERA last year with 14 saves in 18 chances.

Strickland became a free agent when San Francisco failed to offer a contract by the Nov. 30 deadline.

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto says Strickland “has the ability and the track record to be an impact reliever in high-leverage situations” for the team.

To clear a roster spot, right-hander Max Povse was designated for assignment.

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