PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) The Seattle Mariners rounded out their bullpen Wednesday just before the start of the season by acquiring right-hander Nick Vincent from the San Diego Padres for a player to be named.
The Mariners announced the deal just before facing San Diego in a Cactus League game. Vincent is expected to pitch in a minor-league game for Seattle on Thursday and with the Mariners either Friday or Saturday. Seattle now has a full 40-man roster.
''Right now I'm just in shock still. It's not too strange right now but I'm sure once I get in the game, my first game in Texas, and look down and see my Mariners shirt I'm sure it will be a little different,'' Vincent said. ''But I think for me, when I get on the mound it's go out and do your job.''
Vincent, 29, appeared in 26 games last season with San Diego in four stints. He was 0-1 with a 2.35 ERA and did not allow a run in 13 appearances in September. In parts of four seasons with San Diego, Vincent was 9-6 with a 2.63 ERA in 161 total relief appearances.
Seattle was seeking one more arm for its bullpen after injuries sidelined Evan Scribner and Charlie Furbush during spring training. The Mariners' bullpen now appears complete with Steve Cishek at closer, and Joaquin Benoit, Tony Zych, Joel Peralta, Vidal Nuno, Mike Montgomery and Vincent rounding out the group.
''It was my eighth year over there (in the organization). I'm not going to stay with them the whole time, I knew that. I think I was going to get traded sooner or later,'' Vincent said. ''Seattle, I've heard nothing but great things about it. So I'm just excited to come here and help the team win.''