SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:
- Paul Fry, LHP, selected from AAA Tacoma.
- D.J. Peterson, INF, selected from AAA Tacoma.
- Thyago Vieira, RHP, selected from Advanced-A Modesto.
- Tom Wilhelmsen RHP, designated for assignment.
The Mariners Major League 40-man roster is now full.
“Paul, D.J. and Thyago each had impressive seasons in 2016,” Dipoto said. “We look forward to having them in big league camp in Spring Training and seeing their continued development this coming season.”
Fry, 24, went 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA (17 ER, 55.0 IP) in 48 games (1 start) last season with AAA Tacoma. He limited opponents to a .238 (48×202) average against, while striking out 65 and walking 31. Among Pacific Coast League leaders, Fry ranked T15th in appearances with 48. The 6-foot, 190-pound left-hander did not allow a run in 19 of final 21 appearances, July 7 – Sept 5, going 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA (3 ER, 25.0 IP). During this stretch, Fry limited opponents to a .174 (15×86) average against, while striking out 31 and walking 14. Fry struck out at least 1 batter in 35 of his 48 appearances, including 18 multi-strikeout games. He struck out a season-high 6 batters in 4.0 innings of work on Sept. 1 vs. Fresno. The native of Pontiac, Mich. limited opposing left-handed batters to a .242 (22×91) average against, while righties hit .234 (26×111) against Fry. He allowed only 8 extra-base hits last season, including just 1 home run.
Fry was selected by the Mariners in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Clair Community College (Port Huron, Mich.). In parts of 4 minor league seasons in the Mariners organization, Fry has compiled a career record of 13-13 with a 2.76 ERA (72 ER, 235.0 IP) with 289 strikeouts and 96 walks in 150 games (6 starts).
Peterson, 24, began the 2016 season with AA Jackson, where he hit .271 (75×277) with 31 runs, 21 doubles, 11 home runs, 43 RBI and 27 walks in 73 games. After being promoted to AAA Tacoma on June 29, Peterson hit .253 (45×178) with 26 runs, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs, 35 RBI and 11 walks in 46 games with the Rainiers. He reached base safely in 90 of 119 games, including 79 games with at least 1 hit. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound infielder recorded 22 multi-hit contests, highlighted by a season-high 5 hits on Aug. 3 at El Paso. Peterson homered in 3 consecutive games, July 3-5, with Tacoma, including his first career AAA home runs on July 3 vs. Las Vegas. Despite only appearing in 73 games with AA Jackson, Peterson ranked T14th in the Southern League in home runs with 11. The native of Chandler, Ariz., hit safely in a season-high 17 straight games with Jackson, May 20 – June 6, batting .328 (22×67) with 10 runs, 5 doubles, 6 home runs and 14 RBI. His 17-game hitting streak was the 2nd-longest streak in the Southern League last season, and tied for the longest streak of Peterson’s career. He was on the 7-day disabled list, Aug. 23 – Sept. 20, with a fractured finger on left hand.
Peterson was selected by the Mariners with the 12th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of New Mexico. In parts of 4 minor league seasons in the Mariners organization, Peterson is a career .270 (412×1526) hitter with 90 doubles, 70 home runs and 280 RBI in 393 career games.
Vieira, 23 (turns 24 on January 7), went 1-0 with 8 saves and a 2.84 ERA (14 ER, 44.1 IP) in 34 relief appearances with Advanced-A Bakersfield last season. He held opponents to a .222 (37×167) average against, while recording 53 strikeouts and 18 walks. Vieira began the season in extended Spring Training before being transferred to Bakersfield on April 25, where he made his 2016 debut on April 30 at Inland Empire. Over his final 28 games of the season, he went 1-0 with 8 saves and a 0.98 ERA (4 ER, 36.2 IP) while limiting opponents to a .165 (22×133) average against with 48 strikeouts and 11 walks. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound right-hander was 8-for-8 in save opportunities and did not allow a run in 10.0 innings while striking out 15 and walking 1. He recorded at least 1 strikeout in 31 of his 34 games, including 15 multi-strikeout performances, and averaged 10.8 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (53 K, 44.1 IP). The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native struck out a season-high 4 batters twice (July 29 vs. Lancaster & Aug. 25 vs. San Jose). Right-handed batters hit just .206 (20×97) vs. Vieira, while left-handed batters hit .243 (17×70) against him. He allowed just 1 home run last season.
Vieira was signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted international free agent on Sept. 21, 2010 and made his pro debut with the Venezuelan Summer League Mariners in 2011. In parts of 6 minor league seasons in the Mariners organization, Vieira is 12-15 with 9 saves with a 4.72 ERA (124 ER, 236.2 IP) with 192 strikeouts and 125 walks in 108 career games (28 starts).
Wilhelmsen, 32 (turns 33 on Dec. 16), was 2-4 with 1 save and a 6.80 ERA (35 ER, 46.1 IP) with 28 strikeouts and 19 walks in 50 relief appearances with Seattle and Texas last season. He began the 2016 season with Texas, where he went 2-3 with a 10.55 ERA (25 ER, 21.1 IP) with 11 strikeouts and 9 walks in 21 relief appearances. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound right-hander was signed by Seattle on June 22 and placed on the Mariners Major League roster before being optioned on June 24. After being recalled from AAA Tacoma on June 30, he was 0-1 with 1 save and a 3.60 ERA (10 ER, 25.0 IP) with 17 strikeouts in 29 games with Seattle. He was on 15-day DL, Aug. 27 (retro to Aug. 26) – Sept. 10, with low back spasms.
The native of Tucson, Ariz., is 13-14 with 68 saves and a 3.46 ERA (138 ER, 358.2 IP) with 322 strikeouts and 159 walks in 317 career games (2 starts) over 6 Major League seasons with Seattle (2011-16) and Texas (2016). He was originally selected by Milwaukee in the 7th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft out of Tucson High School, and made his pro debut with the AZL Brewers in 2003. Wilhelmsen did not pitch in professional baseball from 2004-2010 when he was signed by the Mariners as a minor league free agent on Feb. 26, 2010.
The club has also acquired left-handed pitcher James Pazos from New York-AL in exchange for right-handed pitcher Zack Littell.
“We’re excited to add James to the Mariners,” Dipoto said. “He brings us a left-handed power arm in the bullpen that we’ve been looking for with a mid-to-upper 90s fastball and a swing-and-miss curveball.”
This roster move puts the Mariners Major League, 40-man roster, at 38.
Pazos, 25, went 1-0 with a 13.50 ERA (5 ER, 3.1 IP) in 7 relief appearances with the New York Yankees last season. He earned his first Major League win on Sept. 28 vs. Boston. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound left-hander began the 2016 season with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he went 2-2 with 1 save and a 2.63 ERA (8 ER, 27.1 IP) with 41 strikeouts and 19 walks in 23 games. He struck out 34.7% (41×118) of his batters faced with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, and posted a 13.50 strikeout-per-9.0-innings-ratio (41 K, 27.1 IP) in AAA. Pazos struck out at least 1 batter in 20 of his 23 relief appearances with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and fanned multiple opponents on 13 occasions, including recording a season-high 5 strikeouts on Aug. 29 at Rochester. He also appeared in 2 games with short-A Staten Island, tossing 3.2 scoreless innings pitched with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk.
The native of Gilbert, Ariz., was selected by the Yankees in the 13th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of San Diego. Pazos made his Major League debut with New York on Sept. 5, 2015 vs. Tampa Bay. Over parts of 2 Major League seasons with the Yankees, he is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA (5 ER, 8.1 IP) with 6 strikeouts and 4 walks. In parts of 5 minor league season in the Yankees organization, Pazos has compiled a career record of 10-9 with 18 saves and a 2.30 ERA (55 ER, 215.1 IP) with 243 strikeouts and 88 walks in 151 career games (1 start). He owns a minor league career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.76 (243 K, 88 BB).
Littell, 21, went 13-6 with a 2.66 ERA (49 ER, 165.2 IP) in 28 games/27 starts combined between A Clinton and High-A Bakersfield in 2016. He combined to limit opponents to a .253 (158×625) average, while walking 34 and striking out 156. Littell was selected by Seattle in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Eastern Alamance (NC) High School. In four minor league seasons with Seattle, he was 21-23 with 1 save and a 3.66 ERA (155 ER, 381.1 IP) in 72 games/68 starts.
Not done yet the Mariners Made some trades too,
Taylor Motter, INF/OF, acquired from Tampa Bay.
- Richie Shaffer, INF/OF, acquired from Tampa Bay.
- Dalton Kelly, INF, traded to Tampa Bay.
- Andrew Kittredge, RHP, traded to Tampa Bay.
- Dylan Thompson, RHP, traded to Tampa Bay.
The Mariners Major League 40-man roster is now at 37.
“Motter and Shaffer help us create the depth that is critical to our success,” said Dipoto. “They are two defensively versatile players who have offensive skill; Shaffer brings power and Motter brings on-base ability and speed. Their additions gives us players with Major League experience who allow us to maintain our roster flexibility throughout the season.”
Motter, 27, hit .188 (15×80) with 11 runs, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 9 RBI and 11 walks in 34 games with Tampa Bay last season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound infielder/outfielder made his Major League debut on May 16, 2016 at Toronto. Motter appeared defensively at shortstop (9 games, 7 starts), left field (7 G, 4 GS), second base (6 G, 4 GS), right field (6 G, 2 GS), third base (4 G, 3 GS) and first base (1 G, 1 GS) with the Rays last season. He also became the 6th position player in Rays history to pitch in a game on July 1 vs. Detroit. He began the 2016 season with AAA Durham, where he hit .229 (80×350) with 44 runs, 17 doubles, 13 home runs, 46 RBI and 33 walks in 88 games.
In parts of 6 minor league season in the Rays organization, Motter is a career .272 (538×1981) hitter with 125 doubles, 56 home runs and 263 RBI in 553 career games. He was named to the International League midseason and postseason All-Star team in 2015 and added to the Rays 40-man roster following the season. The native of West Palm Beach, Fla., was drafted by the Rays in the 17th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Coastal Carolina University. He made his pro debut with Princeton in the Appalachian Rookie League in 2011.
Shaffer, 25, appeared in 20 games over three stints with Tampa Bay in 2016 (8/3-10, 8/20-24 & 9/6-end of season). Overall he hit .250 (12×48) with 5 runs scored, 6 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBI and 5 walks, while appearing in games at first base, third base and designated hitter. The 6-foot-3, right-handed batter spent the majority of the season with AAA Durham in the International League, batting .227 (97×428) with 49 runs scored, 27 doubles, 11 home runs, 48 RBI, 65 walks and 4 stolen bases in 119 games. Shaffer was recently rated by Baseball America as the Best Infield Arm in the Rays organization following the 2016.
Shaffer was selected by Tampa in the first round (25th overall) in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Clemson University. He was originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 25th round in the 2009 draft out of Providence (Charlotte, NC) High School, but did not sign. He made his Major League debut with the Rays in 2015 and appeared in 31 games at 4 different positions (1B, 3B, RF, DH) during his rookie campaign. Shaffer recorded his first career hit, a solo home run, in his second career start on August 4, 2015 at Chicago-AL off Daniel Webb. Over 5 seasons in the minor leagues with the Rays, Shaffer hit .246 (452×1834) with 251 runs scored, 120 doubles, 8 triples, 71 home runs, 283 RBI, 226 walks and 18 stolen bases in 501 games. He was named the Rays Minor League Player of the Year following the 2015 season after leading all Rays minor leaguers with 26 home runs and tying for 2nd with 72 RBI between AA Montgomery and AAA Durham. He also started at third base and hit cleanup for the U.S. team in the 2015 All-Star Futures Game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
Kelly, 22, reached base safely in 112 of 130 games with Clinton in 2016, batting .293 (141×481) with 70 runs scored, 30 doubles, 4 triples, 7 home runs, 58 RBI, 11 HBP, 63 walks and 21 stolen bases. He was the one of four LumberKings to be selected to the Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star team, going 1-for-3 with 1 run scored, 1 double and 1 RBI as the starting first baseman. Kelly was selected in the 38th round by the Mariners in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of UC Santa Barbara. In two minor league seasons in the Mariners organization, he batted .281 (162×577) with 93 runs scored, 33 doubles, 8 triples, 7 home runs and 69 RBI in 161 games.
Kittredge, 26, went 3-3 with 7 saves and a 3.50 ERA (28 ER, 72.0 IP) in 37 games/5 starts combined between AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma in 2016. The right-handed reliever limited opponents to a .268 (76×284) average, while walking 19 and striking out 84. The Spokane, WA native, Kittredge attended the University of Washington from 2009-11 and signed with Seattle as a non-drafted free agent on August 21, 2011. In 6 seasons in the minor leagues for the Mariners, Kittredge went 16-12 with 17 saves and a 4.49 ERA (171 ER, 342.2 IP) in 186 games/9 starts.
Thompson, 22, appeared in only 3 games/1 start with Rookie Arizona League Mariners in 2016 due to injuries. He was originally selected by the Mariners in the 4th round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Minnesota. In his professional debut in 2015, he with 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA (7 ER, 26.2 IP) in 9 games/5 starts with the Mariners in the Arizona League.
Seattle has requested unconditional release waivers on infielder/outfielder Stefen Romero to allow him to pursue an opportunity to play in Japan.
This roster move leaves the Mariners Major League, 40-man roster, at 35.
Romero, 28, appeared in 9 games with Seattle over 2 separate stints in 2016, batting .235 (4×17) with 1 run scored, 1 double, 3 RBI and 1 walk. He spent the majority of the season with AAA Tacoma, batting .304 (127×418) with 70 runs scored, 24 doubles, 6 triples, 21 home runs, 85 RBI and 36 walks in 106 games with the Rainiers. In his 4th season with Tacoma, Romero was named to both the midseason and postseason Pacific Coast League All-Star teams while ranking among the PCL leaders in slugging percentage (T5th/.541), OPS (6th/.902), RBI (T6th/85), total bases (7th/226), average (T9th/.304), home runs (T9th/21), extra-base hits (T11th/51), hits (T17th/134) and on-base percentage (20th/.417).
Romero was originally selected by the Mariners in the 12th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Oregon State University. He has appeared with Seattle in parts of each of the last 3 seasons (2014-2016), batting .195 (42×215) with 26 run scored, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 17 RBI and 8 walks in 94 games. In 6 minor league seasons in the Seattle organization, Romero hit .306 (716×2341) with 372 runs scored, 148 doubles, 27 triples, 100 home runs, 442 RBI, 162 walks and 48 stolen bases in 588 games.