Mariners bring back RHP Graveman

The Seattle Mariners re-signed right-hander Kendall Graveman to a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday.

The move comes one day after the Mariners declined Graveman’s $3.5 million option for 2021.

Graveman signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the ability to earn an additional $2.5 million in performance bonuses, according to multiple reports.

The 29-year-old Graveman went 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA in 11 appearances (two starts) during the 2020 season. He missed time with neck issues and revealed in mid-August that he has a benign bone tumor in his cervical spine.

That led to a joint decision to use Graveman as a reliever — he made nine September appearances in that role — and that will again be the case in 2021.

Graveman is 24-32 with a 4.44 ERA in 94 appearances (80 starts) with the Toronto Blue Jays (2014), Oakland Athletics (2015-19) and Mariners. He didn’t pitch in 2019 due to Tommy John surgery and signed with the Mariners as a free agent following the season.