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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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February 5, 2009 2:08 PM

Mariners sign Tyler Johnson

Posted by Geoff Baker

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Fresh off the presses, the Mariners just inked former Cardinals lefty reliever Tyler Johnson to a minor-league contract.

"Tyler is an experienced, left-handed reliever that gives us another option to look at for our bullpen,'' Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said in a release. "He's had success at the major league level, especially against left handed hitters.''

Well, if he's a lefty option, you'd certainly want that, wouldn't you? At least there will be lots of competition this spring.

Johnson, 27, missed all of last season with bursitis in his left shoulder. He later underwent arthroscopic surgery to address inflammation and repair some slight rotator cuff damage. During the Cards' 2006 championship run, he led all St. Louis pitchers with 12 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings of post-season work.

Mariners special assistant Duane Shaffer has been watching Johnson throw the past couple of weeks, so presumably, Johnson is over the arm troubles that have plagued him up to now.

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