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February 19. 2013 6:26PM
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SEATTLE — Looking to add depth to the infield, the Seattle Mariners acquired versatile Robert Andino from the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday in exchange for reserve outfielder Trayvon Robinson.


The trade instantly gives the Mariners an experienced infielder who can play second base, third base and shortstop. Andino is likely to fill the role held this past season by Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki.


With Robert having major league and playoff experience and still relatively young, we thought that it made sense to make this trade and let him come in and compete, Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement.


Despite struggling at the plate, Andino has played in 266 games the last two seasons for the Orioles. Andino started 106 games last season for the Orioles, including 96 at second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.


Andino is out of options and is arbitration eligible. The trade left Seattle's 40-man roster at 37.


Robinson played in 90 games over the past two seasons for the Mariners. He hit .215 in his limited major league time, but was caught in a log-jam of outfielders, along with Mike Carp, Casper Wells, Carlos Peguero and Eric Thames, seeking playing time with the Mariners.


New York Yankees

NEW YORK — Hiroki Kuroda is staying with the New York Yankees, agreeing to a $15 million, one-year contract.


A person familiar with the negotiations said the right-hander reached the agreement Tuesday. The person was speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final.


Kuroda, who turns 38 in February, was the Yankees' most consistent pitcher during the regular season. He went 16-11, tying for the team lead in wins, and led New York with 33 starts and 219 2-3 innings.


The Yankees said right-hander Dave Herndon refused an outright assignment and elected free agency.


Miami Marlins

NEW YORK — The players' association will monitor the Miami Marlins following their payroll purge, saying it is too early to determine whether the salary cuts will cause any issues under baseball's labor contract.


After complaints by the union that the Marlins weren't using revenue-sharing money to improve, the players' association, Major League Baseball and the Marlins reached a three-year agreement in January 2010 that the team would increase payroll annually as it prepared to move into its new ballpark in 2012.


After opening last season with a $112 million payroll, the Marlins cut it to $90 million by the end of the season. With the trade of All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and four others to Toronto on Tuesday, Miami's payroll next season projects to be around $36 million.


Commissioner Bud Selig approved the deal Monday.


We understand and we're not surprised at the commissioner's decision to approve the trade, union head Michael Weiner said Tuesday.


Colorado Rockies

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies have traded left-handed pitcher Matt Reynolds to the Arizona Diamondbacks for corner infielder Ryan Wheeler.


Wheeler played in 50 games for the Diamondbacks last season, batting .239 with six doubles, a triple, a home run and 10 RBIs.


He also hit .351 with 15 homers and 90 RBIs at Triple-A Reno, where the 24-year-old was an All-Star. He was the D-Backs' fifth-round draft choice in 2009 out of Loyola Marymount University.


Reynolds went 3-1 with a 4.40 ERA, 17 walks and 51 strikeouts in 71 appearances for Colorado last season. He has a career record of 5-3 with a 3.93 ERA, 40 walks and 118 strikeouts, all with the Rockies.


Detroit Tigers

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers have released outfielder Ryan Raburn.


Raburn started the 2012 season as a big part of Detroit's plans, but the 31-year-old hit just .171 in 66 games.


The Tigers also purchased the contracts of right-handers Bruce Rondon and Melvin Mercedes, and shortstop Dixon Machado from Triple-A Toledo. Detroit sent right-hander Tyler Stohr outright to Toledo.


The 21-year-old Rondon was named the organization's minor league pitcher of the year, going 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA in 52 appearances with Class A Lakeland, Double-A Erie and Toledo. Rondon could compete for Detroit's closer spot next year.




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