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Mariners claim reliever Sean Doolittle off waivers from Reds

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Sean Doolittle

The Seattle Mariners claimed left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle off waivers Thursday, two days after the former All-Star closer was designated for assignment by the Cincinnati Reds.

Doolittle, 34, posted a 4.46 ERA and 1.513 WHIP over 45 appearances for the Reds this season. He signed with Cincinnati last winter following three and a half years in Washington, where he compiled 75 saves and helped lead the Nationals to their first World Series title in 2019.

Entering play Thursday, the Mariners sit just two and a half games behind the Boston Red Sox for the second Wild Card spot in the American League. Doolittle replaces reliever Kenyan Middleton on the 40-man, but the Mariners will still need to clear a spot on their active roster once he reports to the club over the next few days.

The 2021 season is Doolittle’s 10th in the majors. He owns a 3.19 career ERA with 112 saves and 504 strikeouts over 446 appearances, all out of the bullpen.