Looking for pitching depth , the Seattle Mariners acquired left-hander Aaron Laffey today fromt the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor-league infielder Matt Lawson and cash.
“With Aaron, we felt we had the opportunity to acquire a left-handed pitcher with Major League experience. We will bring him to Spring Training and give him a chance to compete for a position on our pitching staff," GM Jack Zduriencik said.
Laffey, 25, has an 18-21 career record with a 4.41 earned run average in 79 major league games, 49 of those starts.
Lawson, 25, was a minor league utility middle infielder Seattle got as part of the Cliff Lee trade with the Texas Rangers, the deal that brought Justin Smoak, Josh Lueke and Blake Beavan to the Mariners. Now, that same deal has helped produce Laffey.
To make room for Laffey on the 40-man roster, Seattle placed reliever Shawn Kelley on the 60-day disabled list. Kelley, returning from elbow surgery, is not expected to pitch before June.