Mariners sign Hong-Chih Kuo

Updated: February 6, 2012, 4:24 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

The Seattle Mariners have signed former Dodgers left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo and ex-Blue Jays right-hander Shawn Camp to one-year deals.

Both signed major league contracts and will be added to the Mariners' 40-man roster.

Kuo has passed his physical, which was not a small hurdle for a pitcher who has spent time on the disabled list with elbow, back and anxiety troubles over the past two seasons.

The Dodgers non-tendered Kuo in December, making him a free agent. He had been in the Dodgers' organization since signing with the club in July of 1999.

Kuo, who turns 31 in July, made the All-Star team in 2010, when he led all big league relievers with a 1.20 ERA. But he had a 9.00 ERA in 40 appearances last year 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.

Camp appeared in 67 games for the Blue Jays in 2011, finishing the season with a 6-3 record and a 4.21 ERA. He has appeared in 432 career games with Kansas City, Tampa Bay and Toronto. His 196 appearances over the past three seasons are the third-most in the AL over that span.

Catcher Chris Gimenez and outfielder Mike Wilson were designated for assignment to make room for Kuo and Camp, the Mariners said.

Jayson Stark is a senior baseball writer for ESPN.com.

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