PEORIA, Ariz. – The Seattle Mariners acquired the rights Thursday to Mexican right-hander Jorge Campillo, believing he can compete for the fourth or fifth spot in the starting rotation.
"You're instantly getting a guy who has that potential. You have the ability to have him in Triple-A, as well," general manager Bill Bavasi said.
The 26-year-old Campillo was expected to arrive at Seattle's spring training complex by Friday. He then can negotiate with the Mariners and, pending resolution of his immigration status, sign a contract.
The Mariners purchased Campillo's rights from the Mexico City Tigres. Bavasi said Campillo is considered by fans to be the Mexican League's version of Greg Maddux.
"He's not a thrower as much as he changes speeds, has command," Bavasi said. "He's probably average-fast, maybe a little bit below, but he can get above when he needs to. That's probably the best general description."
Campillo was 5-5 with a 5.38 ERA in 17 games, including 16 starts, with Mexico City last season. He went 12-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 21 starts in 2003. Over his eight-year career, Campillo is 45-29 with a 4.59 ERA in 176 games, including 85 starts.