Seattle Mariners: Miguel Olivo Deal Finalized, Pitching Search Update

Alex CarsonCorrespondent IIIJanuary 4, 2011

SEATTLE - JULY 17:  Catcher Miguel Olivo #8 of the Seattle Mariners adjusts his mask against the Baltimore Orioles during the MLB game on July 17, 2005 at Safeco Field in Seattle Washington. The Mariners defeated the Orioles 8-2.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Mariners finalized a two-year contract, with a club option for a third, with catcher Miguel Olivo.

Finally.

Nearly a month after the deal was agreed on, pen went to paper and a press release was sent out. I can't say I remember a deal ever taking this long to finalize.

To make room for Olivo on the 40-man roster, pitcher Anthony Varvaro was designated for assignment. As these things go, the Mariners now have 10 days to release, trade or outright Varvaro to the Minors.

Varvaro is 26. He throws hard, but doesn't throw strikes exceptionally well. He's not a huge loss, but for a team that is soft in both the majors and minors, he's at least worth keeping around for organizational depth.

In other news, one of the names the Mariners had been tied to isn't coming to town. Chris Capuano, who is coming off injury problems, signed a one-year deal with the Mets.

Having been with the Brewers there were ties to GM Jack Zduriencik, and Safeco Field would have played well to his skill set.

With David Aardsma now needing surgery, making him untradeadble for now, the Mariners' limited budget room is now even lot tighter. The options to find a back-end starter are getting pretty slim.

I'd expect to see someone like a David Pauley to break camp with the team unless one of the last remaining options, Jeff Francis, is brought in.

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