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Mariners’ Texeira One Of Five Rule 5 Survivors

John Hickey -Premium Content

Kanekoa Texeira always had a chance to make the Seattle roster because, as a Rule 5 pickup from the Yankees, he had to make the roster or be offered back to New York. But there weren't great expectations—not until Texeira got on the mounds of the Cactus League and put on a dominating performance all spring, ultimately making a big league roster for the first time. The 24-year-old, originally a 22nd-round draft pick of the White Sox in 2006, went 1-0, 0.64 over 10 appearances in the Cactus League before being roughed up on April 2 in Albuquerque for three runs in one inning.

Majors | #2010#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners

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John Hickey -Premium Content

For someone who was traded from one Double-A team to another, righthander Dan Cortes doesn't seem to be all that far from the big leagues. The Mariners acquired Cortes, 22, along with lefthander Derrick Saito from the Royals for out-of-favor shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.

Majors | #2009#Organization Reports#Seattle Mariners