The Mariners have designated Kanekoa Texeira for assignment. He’s a right-handed reliever out of the Yankees system who was taken by Seattle in the Rule 5 draft. He had a great spring, made the big league roster and was designated to help make room for two new relievers.
Through 16 appearances, Texeira was 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA. He struck out 14 and walked 10 in 18.2 innings.
The Yankees got Texeira in the Nick Swisher trade. He spent last season in Trenton, going 9-6 with a 2.84 ERA in 41 games, six of them starts.
Every team will have a right to claim Texeira off waivers, at which point he’ll retain his Rule 5 status and have to stick on the claiming team’s major league roster. If he clears waivers, the Mariners will have to offer Texeira back to the Yankees, who could then put him in the minor leagues.