Sam Tuivailala clears waivers, now a free agent

(SEATTLE)- According to, Seattle Mariners reliever Sam Tuivailala, who was placed on unconditional release waivers on Friday, cleared waivers on Monday and is now a free agent. The 27-year-old right-hander came into spring expected to compete for a spot as one of the club’s late-inning relievers after posting a 2.35 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 23 innings last season after rehabbing from a ruptured right Achilles tendon. But Tuivailala dealt with an impingement in his right shoulder for most of the Mariners’ first month of Spring Training and had yet to throw in a Cactus League game, so his status going forward was uncertain after agreeing to an $800,000 contract in his first season of arbitration eligibility.