Mariners send INF Alex Liddi to Orioles

The Seattle Mariners traded infielder Alex Liddi to the

Baltimore Orioles on Saturday and exchanged signing slots for

international players.

The Mariners designated Liddi for assignment on June 28, meaning

they would have to trade him or release him if he rejected the

demotion.

Liddi played in eight games for Seattle, going 1 for 17. He was

designated when second baseman Brad Miller was called up from

Triple-A Tacoma.

Liddi spent most of the season with Tacoma, batting .263 with 11

homers and 43 RBIs. The Mariners originally signed him as an

international free agent in 2005. He is the first Italian-born and

developed player to appear in the majors.

By swapping signing slots, the Mariners have freedom to spend

more money if they choose to sign an international player.