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Justin De Fratus traded to Texas by Seattle

Relief pitcher Justin De Fratus has been traded to the Texas Rangers by the Seattle Mariners

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners minor league pitcher Justin De Fratus posted on his Instagram account that he has been traded to the Texas Rangers.  De Fratus, 28, has a 3.21 ERA in 28 innings for AAA Tacoma this season, with 18 Ks against 7 walks.

De Fratus is a former Phillie who was pretty solid for the Phillies in 2013-14, but who logged 80 innings in 61 games last year, a heavy workload for a reliever, and one that seems to have taken a toll on him, as he put up a 5.51 ERA.

De Fratus was dropped by the Phillies this offseason, signed by the Mariners, released by the Mariners this spring, and then promptly signed again.  He is not on the 40 man roster.

UPDATE -- Greg Johns of says De Fratus has been traded to Texas as the player to be named later in the deal that sent Patrick Kivlehan to Seattle.