SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has outrighted the contracts of right-handed pitcher Jonathan Aro and catcher Jesus Sucre to AAA Tacoma. Aro and Sucre have both been invited to Major League Spring Training.
Both players were designated for assignment on January 26.
With today’s moves, the Mariners Major League, 40-man, roster remains full.
Aro, 26, appeared in 1 game with the Mariners last season, June 20 at Detroit, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk in 0.2 innings. The 6-foot, 235-pound right-hander went 3-2 with 1 save and a 2.48 ERA (10 ER, 36.1 IP) with 25 strikeouts in 24 games including 1 start with AAA Tacoma last season. The native of La Vega, Dominican Republic, was acquired by Seattle from Boston along with left-handed pitcher Wade Miley in exchange for right-handed pitcher Carson Smith and left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias on Dec. 7, 2015. He was originally signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent on June 6, 2011.
Sucre, 28, appeared in only 9 games over two stints with Seattle in 2016 due to an injury (7/6-20 & 9/2-end of season), batting .480 (12×25) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 5 RBI and 2 walks. He was on the 60-day disabled list from March 1 to July 6 after having surgery to repair damage in his right ankle on Jan. 26, 2016 in Seattle. He sustained a fractured right fibula during winter ball in Venezuela. In two stints with AAA Tacoma after being activated from the disabled list, Sucre hit .300 (24×80) with 6 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 10 RBI and 3 walks.
Sucre was signed by the Mariners as a minor league free on July 19, 2011. Over parts of four seasons with Seattle (2013-16), he hit .209 (50×239) with 18 runs scored, 10 doubles, 2 home runs, 20 RBI and 10 walks in 88 career games. Sucre was originally signed by the Atlanta Braves as a non-drafted free agent on May 20, 2005.