The Seattle Mariners didn’t wait long after the break to bolster their minor league bullpen depth, announcing on Thursday that the team has brought back right-handed reliever David Pauley on a minor league contract.
The news was broke by Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Radio Seattle via Twitter.
Pauley started 15 games for the Mariners in 2010 and posted a 4.07 ERA, but was moved to the bullpen the following season before eventually being dealt to the Detroit Tigers part of the Doug Fister trade last July.
With the Tigers, Pauley struggled and eventually imploded, posting a 5.95 ERA in just 19.2 innings.
That prompted Detroit to send him packing, and after a brief stint with the Anaheim Angels, he ended up north of the border where he appeared in five games for Toronto.
Pauley will report to Triple-A Tacoma, where he will work on his control, after posting a 6.48 ERA and a 14.6 H/9 rate in 16 2/3 innings with the Angels and Jays this season.
His best season came with the M’s in 2011, when he posted a 2.15 ERA in 54 innings.
Who knows, maybe the clean crisp air of the Pacific Northwest will breathe new life back into the 29-year old, who could find himself back at the major league level by season’s end, trying to help an already miserable Seattle pitching staff.