The Seattle Mariner have signed long time Dodger lefty reliever Hong-Chih Kuo to a one-year deal, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports. Kuo will earn a base salary of $500k plus bonuses of up to $2.5mm. In addition, Kuo will make $1mm if he makes the Mariners' 25-man roster.
When healthy, Kuo was one of the most dominant left handed relievers in the game which is evident by him making the All-Star team in 2010, when he led all big league relievers with a 1.20 ERA.
2011 was a different story for Kuo who posted a 9.00 ERA in 40 appearances while dealing with anxiety issues.
In seven major league seasons, all with the Dodgers, Kuo is 13-7 with 13 saves and a 3.73 career ERA in 292 1/3 innings pitched and one memorable bat flip/ home run in 2007.
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