Seattle Mariners have acquired right-handed pitcher Adam Warren from the New York Yankees in exchange for International Slot Money.
Warren, 30 (turns 31 on Aug. 25), is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA (9 ER, 30.0 IP) with 37 strikeouts and 12 walks in 24 relief appearances with the Yankees this season. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound right-hander is averaging 11.10 strikeouts-per-9.0-innings (37 K, 30.0 IP) while allowing only 3 home runs this season. Among American League relievers, he ranks 20th in K/9.0 IP. On April 21, he was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained back. Following rehab assignments with AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre and AA Trenton, he was activated from the DL on June 4. From Opening Day – June 30, he compiled a 1.35 ERA (3 ER, 20.0 IP), striking out 24 and walking 9 in 17 outings.
In parts of 7 Major League seasons with the Yankees (2012-18) and Cubs (2016), Warren is 23-22 with 6 saves and a 3.40 ERA (167 ER, 442.0 IP) with 388 strikeouts and 151 walks in 275 career games, including 21 starts. Since 2014, he has made 65 relief appearances of at least 1.1 scoreless innings pitched, 3rd-most in the Majors over that span behind Yusmerio Petit (74) and Dan Otero (70). During that same span (2014-c), he has recorded a 2.72 ERA (70 ER, 231.2 IP) in 194 relief appearances, 11th-lowest among relievers.
Warren was traded from the Yankees to the Cubs along with a Player to Be Named Later (inf Brendan Ryan) in exchange for Starlin Castro (inf) on Dec. 8, 2015. He ended up splitting the 2016 season between Chicago-NL and New York-AL after being acquired by the Yankees along with Gleyber Torres (inf), Billy McKinney (of) and Rashad Crawford (of) in exchange for Aroldis Chapman (lhp) on July 25, 2016. The native of Birmingham, AL, was originally selected by New York-AL in the 4th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of North Carolina, where he tied with Scott Bankhead for the highest winning percentage in program history (.889/32-4).
At the same time the Mariners have acquired left-handed pitcher Zach Duke and cash considerations from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for right-handed pitcher Chase De Jong and minor league infielder Ryan Costello.
MARINERS ACTIVATE LHP JAMES PAXTON AND SELECT INF ZACH VINCEJ
Seattle’s Major League, 40-man roster, is now at 40 players.
Paxton (#65) will be Seattle’s starting pitcher in tonight’s (7:10 pm PT) game vs. the Houston Astros at Safeco Field. Vincej (#6) will be in uniform and available for tonight’s game.
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Paxton, 29, was originally placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 13 with lower back inflammation. He is 8-4 with a 3.70 ERA (49 ER, 119.1 IP) with 155 strikeouts and 33 walks in 20 starts this season. Among Major League leaders, he ranks 9th in strikeouts and 5th in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (11.69/155 K, 119.1 IP). The 6-4, 235-pound left-hander has struck out 10-or-more batters in 7 starts this season, 4th-most in the Majors. He is one of three pitchers in the Majors this season to have thrown 2 complete games (also: José Berríos-MIN and Carlos Carrasco-CLE). Paxton pitched the 6th no-hitter in Mariners history on May 8 at Toronto. He became the first American League pitcher to record a 16-strikeout game (5/2 vs. OAK) and a no-hitter in the same season since Nolan Ryan in 1991.
The Ladner, British Columbia, Canada, native is 38-24 with a 3.38 ERA (203 ER, 541.1 IP) with 564 strikeouts and 159 walks in 94 career starts. Paxton was selected by Seattle in the 4th round of the 2010 MLB Draft and has spent 8 years in the Mariners organization, including parts of 6 Major League seasons.
Vincej (“VINCE-ee”), 27, is batting .236 (70×296) with 34 runs, 9 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs and 44 RBI in 84 games with AAA Tacoma this season. He has appeared defensively at shortstop (70 games, 69 starts), 2nd base (13 GS) and 3rd base (1 GS). Vincej was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati on Nov. 3, 2017 and outrighted by Seattle to Tacoma on Nov. 11.
He made his Major League debut with the Reds in 2017, appearing in 9 games and going 1-for-9 (.111) with 2 runs. The 6-foot, 190-pound shortstop spent most of the 2017 season with AAA Louisville, where he hit .270 (102×378) with 36 runs, 21 doubles, 4 triples, 3 home runs and 38 RBI in 110 games. In 2016, Vincej earned a Minor League Rawlings Gold Glove Award at shortstop after leading all minor league shortstops with a .991 fielding percentage.
In parts of 7 minor league seasons with the Mariners (2018) and Reds (2012-17), Vincej is a career .267 (616×2307) hitter with 304 runs, 115 doubles, 15 triples, 22 home runs, 239 RBI and 52 stolen bases in 662 career games. The native of San Diego, Calif., was selected by Cincinnati in the 37th round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Pepperdine University. He was the recipient of the Brooks Wallace Award, honoring the nation’s top collegiate shortstop, as a junior in 2012.
Seager, 30, is batting .228 (91×400) with 45 runs, 24 doubles, 16 home runs, 57 RBI, 4 HBP and 25 walks in 104 games with the Mariners this season. He leads the club in extra-base hits (40), while ranking 2nd in doubles and 3rd in RBI. On April 7 at Minnesota, he recorded his 1,000th career hit, becoming 1 of 9 players to collect at least 1,000 hits with the Mariners.
Seager, the Mariners 3rd round selection in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, made his debut with the club on July 7, 2011 at the Angels and has been on the Mariners active roster continually since Aug. 2, 2011. In 8 seasons in a Mariners uniform, he has amassed 237 doubles, 169 home runs, 582 RBI and 385 walks while batting .260 (1086×4179) with a .327 on-base percentage and a .443 slugging mark (.770 OPS) in 1,104 career games. He ranks among the top-10 all-time club leaders in games played (9th), runs scored (9th), hits (6th), doubles (4th), home runs (5th), RBI (8th), walks (8th), on-base percentage (9th), slugging percentage (8th), OPS (9th) and extra-base hits (5th, 417).
Vogelbach, 25, was recalled from AAA Tacoma on July 20 for his fourth stint with Seattle this season (also: Opening Day – 4/25, 5/22-27 and 6/8-14). Since July 20, he has gone 1-for-4 with 1 RBI in 2 games with the Mariners. Overall this season, he is batting .212 (14×66) with 6 runs, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 7 RBI, 11 walks and a .342 on-base percentage in 25 games with the Mariners. In 63 games with the Rainiers this season, he is hitting .305 (67×220) with 46 runs, 13 doubles, 16 home runs, 42 RBI, 61 walks, a .456 on-base percentage and a .582 slugging mark (1.038 OPS).
Vogelbach made his Major League debut with Seattle in 2016, appearing in 8 games in September. He was acquired from Chicago-NL on July 20, 2016 along with Paul Blackburn (rhp) for Mike Montgomery (lhp) & Jordan Pries (rhp). In parts of 3 seasons with Seattle, he is batting .198 (21×106) with 6 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 9 RBI, 2 HBP and 15 walks in 49 games. Vogelbach was originally selected by Chicago-NL in 2nd round of 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Duke, 35, is 3-4 with 12 holds and a 3.62 ERA (15 ER, 37.1 IP) in 45 games with the Twins this season. He has limited left-handed hitters to a .237 average (14×59) with 16 strikeouts and just 2 extra-base hits (2B, 3B) in 2018. Duke has not allowed a home run this season, one of just three AL pitchers to appear in at least 30 games without allowing a homer.
Duke ranks 10th among active left-handed pitchers in career games (513); his 298 appearances since the start of the 2014 season are fourth-most among lefties. Duke is one of three active pitchers (Oliver Perez & Joe Blanton) with at least 150 relief appearances and 150 starts in his Major League career. He began his career as a starter before moving to the bullpen at the end of 2012. Seattle is the 9th organization he’s pitched for in his career, joining Pittsburgh (2002-10), Arizona (2011), Washington (2012-13), Cincinnati (2013), Milwaukee (2014), Chicago-AL (2015-16), St. Louis (2016-17) and Minnesota (2018). In his career in relief, he is 17-14, 3.20 (109 ER, 306.1 IP) in 344 games. Overall, Duke is 64-89 with a 4.28 ERA (629 ER, 1322.0 IP) in 513 games, including 169 starts.
De Jong (dee YOUNG), 24, is 5-5, 3.80 (51 ER, 120.2 IP) in 21 starts with AA Arkansas this season. He was named a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star this year. Seattle acquired De Jong from Los Angeles-NL on March 1, 2017. Last season he pitched with Seattle (0-3, 6.35 in 7 games, including 4 starts), AAA Tacoma (3-6, 6.00 in 15 starts) and Arkansas (1-3, 5.97 in 5 starts). He is 39-35, 3.92 (297 ER, 681.2 IP) in 134 minor league games, including 122 starts.
Costello, 22, batted .266 (92×346) with 24 doubles, 2 triples, 16 home runs and 70 RBI in 101 games with Single-A Clinton this season. He recorded 21 multi-hit games, including 7 games with 3 hits and 2 multi-home run games. In 2017, Costello led the Rookie AZL Mariners in total bases (90), batting .331 (47×142) with 13 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs and 38 RBI.
The 6-2, 200-pound infielder was selected by Seattle in the 31st round (933rd overall) of the 2017 MLB First Year Player Draft from Central Connecticut State University. In two minor league seasons with the Mariners, Costello batted .285 (139×488) with 37 doubles, 5 triples, 24 home runs and 108 RBI in 145 career games.