Dodgers Claim INF Mike Freeman and RHP Chris Heston Off Waivers

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BOSTON, Mass. – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves.

 

  • Mike Freeman, INF, claimed off waivers by Los Angeles-NL.
  • Chris Heston, RHP, claimed off waivers by Los Angeles-NL.

 

Seattle’s Major League, 40-man roster, is now at 39 players.

 

Freeman, 29 (turns 30 on Aug. 4), was optioned to AAA Tacoma on May 21, where he has hit .356 (21×59) with 12 runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 9 RBI in 15 games with the Rainiers this season. Over 2 stints with the Mariners this season (4/11-23 and 5/5-21), he hit .067 (2×30) with 3 runs, 1 home run and 1 RBI. The 6-foot, 190-pound infielder was removed from the 40-man roster during spring training when the club acquired Chase De Jong (rhp) from Los Angeles-NL on March 1. In 13 games with Seattle last season, he hit .385 (5×13) with 1 run, 1 double and 1 RBI after being acquired off waivers from Arizona on Aug. 1, 2016. In eight minor league seasons, he has hit .292 (806×2764) with 453 runs, 136 doubles, 30 triples, 19 home runs, 279 RBI and 132 stolen bases in 757 career games in the Arizona (2010-16) and Seattle (2016-17) organizations. He was selected by Arizona in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Clemson University.

 

Heston, 29, was designated for assignment on Wednesday. He had two stints in the Majors with Seattle this season, going 0-1 with a 21.60 ERA (12 ER, 5.0 IP) with 3 strikeouts. With AAAA Tacoma, he was 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA (12 ER, 31.2 IP) with 28 strikeouts and 11 walks in 6 starts, including 1 shutout. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander has gone at least 5.0 innings in 5 of his 6 starts with Tacoma. During his first stint, April 23-25, he appeared in 1 game with the Mariners, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits while striking out 1 in 2.0 innings on April 25 at Detroit. In parts of 4 Major League seasons with the Giants (2014-16) and Mariners (2017), he is 13-13 with a 4.62 ERA (99 ER, 193.0 IP) with 161 strikeouts in 40 games, including 33 starts. In eight minor league seasons with San Francisco (2009-2016) and Seattle (2017), Heston is 50-55 with a 3.63 ERA (359 ER, 889.0 IP) with 735 strikeouts and 268 walks in 157 games, including 151 starts. He was drafted by the Giants in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player draft out of East Carolina University (Greenville, NC).

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