Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto today announced from the Baseball Winter Meetings that the Mariners acquired right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill.
With today’s transaction the Mariners 40-man, Major League roster is now full at 40 players.
“Evan brings us another experienced Major League reliever who has exhibited strong control of the strike zone as well as the ability to miss bats,” Dipoto said. “He’ll compete for a spot in our Major League bullpen.”
Scribner, 30, was 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA in a career-high 54 appearances for Oakland in 2015. He struck out 64 hitters in 60.0 innings pitched while walking just 4 (out of 238 batters faced). His 16-to-1 strikeout ration last season led all Major League relievers, as did his 0.60 walks per 9.0 innings pitched.
Scribner missed the month of September with a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle.
Scribner has pitched in the Majors for parts of five seasons with Oakland (2012-2015) and San Diego (2011). In his big league career, he is 5-2 with a 4.21 ERA in 125 relief appearances. He’s struck out 134 batters while walking only 27 in 147.2 innings pitched.
Cochran-Gill, 22 (turns 23 on Dec. 10), went 6-5 with 6 saves and 4.18 ERA in a 45 games, 1 start combined between Single-A Bakersfield, Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma in his first full season as a professional in 2015. He limited opponents to a .255 (70×275) average, while walking 37 and striking out 51 in 75.1 innings in relief. Cochran-Gill was originally selected by Seattle in the 17th round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Auburn University. Over 2014 and 2015 he has combined to go 11-5 with 18 saves and a 2.91 ERA (36 ER, 111.2 IP) in 70 games, 1 start.