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Seattle Mariners claim Sean Doolittle off waivers from Cincinnati Reds

Jul 5, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA;  Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Sean Doolittle (63) gets set to throw a pitch during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 5, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Sean Doolittle (63) gets set to throw a pitch during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners claimed veteran reliever Sean Doolittle off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

The 34-year-old left-hander was designated for assignment on Tuesday after going 3-1 with one save, a 4.46 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 45 games this season.

Doolittle is 26-24 with 112 saves and a 3.19 ERA in 446 career relief appearances with the Oakland Athletics (2012-17), Washington Nationals (2017-20) and Reds.

He earned All-Star nods in 2014 and 2018 and won a World Series with the Nats in 2019.

Seattle cleared room on the roster by designating right-hander Keynan Middleton for assignment.

Middleton, 27, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday. He was 1-2 with four saves and a 4.94 ERA in 32 games (one start) this season for the Mariners.

–Field Level Media