Mariners non-tender and sign Josh Kinney, send Robert Andino into free agency

Otto Greule Jr

The M's tendered four arbitration eligible players on Friday night, but will allow infielder Robert Andino to test the free agent waters.

The Seattle Mariners signed right handed pitcher Josh Kinney to a 2013 MLB contract, tendered contracts to four arbitration eligible players and non-tendered infielder Robert Andino, the team announced Friday night.

Andino is now free to negotiate with any Major League team, including the Mariners. Seattle's 40-man roster is now at 39 players following the negotiations. The club also offered 2013 Major League contracts to catcher John Jaso, right-handed pitcher Shawn Kelley, shortstop Brendan Ryan and left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas.

Teams had to make their offers to any player on their 40-man roster who was not previously signed for 2013 by Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. PT. Players eligible for arbitration, including the four Mariners in this scenario, may either agree to the contracts offered under the tender or enter the salary arbitration process with their current teams.

Kinney, a 33-year-old right hander, was 0-3 with one save and a 3.94 ERA in 35 relief appearances for Seattle last season. Andino hit just .211 in 127 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012 and had 41 runs scored, 13 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 28 RBI.

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