It didn’t take Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto long to make an under-the-radar move to find some rotation help Friday after the club placed left-hander James Paxton on the disabled list.
The Mariners acquired left-hander Andrew Albers from Atlanta in a cash transaction and assigned him to Triple-A Tacoma.
Albers, 31, was 12-3 with a 2.61 ERA this season in 26 games, including 17 starts, at Triple-A Gwinnett. He is 2-5 with a 4.41 ERA in 17 big-league games, including 12 starts, over parts of three seasons with Minnesota and Toronto.
One connection to Paxton: Albers attended Kentucky prior to his selection in the 10th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by San Diego. The Mariners selected Paxton in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft.
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Albers reached the big leagues in 2013 with Minnesota after signing with the Twins as free agent and was 2-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 10 starts. He made one big-league appearance in 2015 at Toronto and six more last season after returning to the Twins.
The Braves signed Albers on Dec. 20, 2016 as a free agent.
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