Mariners looking into Thomson

Mariners looking into Thomson

SEATTLE -- In their pursuit to add starting pitching, the Mariners are believed to be targeting former Braves right-hander John Thomson.

Sources have confirmed that the Mariners have had contact with Thomson's agent, and that the team has requested medical files on the 33-year-old free agent.

Thomson, who was 2-7 with a 4.82 ERA in an injury-filled 2006 season, reportedly had drawn interest from the Mariners last March, possibly as part of a trade for either Gil Meche or Julio Mateo.

Thomson appeared in 18 games last season and threw only 80 1/3 innings after missing three months with mild fraying of his right shoulder. He also experienced problems with a blister on his throwing hand earlier in the season.

Thomson was placed on the disabled list on July 15, and he didn't appear in another game until Sept. 27, when he threw one inning of scoreless relief against the Mets.

Thomson was plagued by injuries in 2005 as well, missing three months with a middle finger tendon injury that limited him to 98 2/3 innings. He was 4-6 with a 4.47 ERA in 17 starts.

When healthy, Thomson is a ground-ball pitcher with good control. In 2004, he went 14-8 with a 3.72 ERA with the Braves, walking just 52 batters in 198 1/3 innings.

In other news, Meche was expected to be offered salary arbitration by the Mariners on or before the 9 p.m. PT deadline Friday. Players then have until Dec. 7 to accept or decline.

By offering Meche, who is a Type B free agent, arbitration, Seattle would receive a supplemental first-round pick in June's First-Year Player Draft if he signs with another team.

Meche is being courted by the Blue Jays and Yankees, among others.

Corey Brock is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.