In a pair of minor, but consequential moves the Mariners acquired pitcher Dillon Overton from the A’s and catcher Tuffy Grosewisch from the Braves. Catcher Jesus Sucre was removed from the 40-man roster.
A couple of small but important deals today, as the M’s continue to add depth to the organization. First, the M’s picked up catcher Tuffy Gosewisch on a waiver claim. Gosewisch has a four year major league career with Arizona, comprising a total of 126 games and an uninspiring .199/.237/.286 slash. However he has an option left, so he can be sent down to the minors.
That last factor could be quite important, because in his second deal of the day, Jerry Dipoto sent minor league catcher Jason Goldstein to the A’s for lefty pitcher Dillon Overton. In adding Overton to the 40-man roster, the M’s waived catcher Jesus Sucre. Sucre is out of minor league options, and must clear waivers or be claimed by another team. The M’s like Sucre, and he has played in 90 games over the past four seasons, and the M’s gave him the equivalent of a poison pill in the form of a $600,000 salary-above the major league minimum-to try and keep him. Gosewisch is insurance, however, in case Sucre is plucked.
Overton was likewise released. He is 25 and has one year of experience at the major league level. His 24.1 innings was a big ball of YIKES! Not quite sure what Dipoto has in mind with this one as pretty much all Oveton’s stats are horrendous. 11.47 ERA, 12 home runs allowed in seven games, FIP of 9.5 (didn’t think it went that high,) 17.8 H/9, 4.4 HR/9(!), and 6.3 K/9. The good news: he doesn’t walk a lot of guys.
“He’s an excellent strike-thrower with above-average feel and a solid curveball/changeup combination,” Dipoto said.
Overton made five starts for the A’s as well as two relief appearances. He also has minor league options .Look for him to open the season in Tacoma.