PEORIA, AZ—The Seattle Mariners have announced infielder Ryan Garko has been claimed off waivers by Texas. They have also optioned left-hander Garrett Olson to Triple-A Tacoma.
The Mariners' announcements Thursday mean five-time All-Star and camp longshot Mike Sweeney has likely made the team as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman.
Seattle had signed Garko in February to a $550,000, one-year contract with playing-time incentives that could have paid him more than $1 million. But the Mariners were unimpressed with him in
Meanwhile, the 36-year-old Sweeney has kept his spring batting average well above .500. He has also picked up where he left off last season by mentoring young players and has been a popular clubhouse leader.