San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - The Seattle Mariners added depth to their infield on Saturday by acquiring Jolbert Cabrera from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Aaron Looper and left-handed pitcher Ryan Ketchner.
The 31-year-old Cabrera was hitting .286 this spring with the Dodgers. Last season he hit .282 in 128 games with LA.
The signing of Cabrera gives the Mariners more options due to an injury to third baseman Scott Spiezio, who is expected to be out at the start of the season due to an ailing back.
"With Scott Spiezio unavailable for the start of the season, we felt it was important to have a versatile, veteran infielder to give Bob flexibility off the bench," Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi said. "Jolbert can play a variety of positions."
Looper, the cousin of Mets closer Braden Looper, made his big league debut in 2003 with the Mariners, appearing in six games. He was 5-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 46 relief appearances with Triple-A Tacoma last season.
Ketchner was 14-7 with a 3.45 ERA in 31 games with high-A Inland Empire in the California League last season.