Mariners acquire Laffey in trade with Indians
Aaron Laffey, who previously pitched for Eric Wedge in Cleveland, was acquired by the Mariners on Wednesday. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Looking to add depth to their pitching competition, the Mariners acquired left-hander Aaron Laffey from the Indians on Wednesday in exchange for Minor League infielder Matt Lawson and cash considerations.
Laffey, 25, is 18-21 with a 4.41 ERA over parts of four Major League seasons. He was 2-3 with a 4.53 ERA with the Indians last year in 29 games, including five starts when he went 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA.
It’s not certain whether the Mariners will look at him as a starting candidate. He was battling for the fifth spot in the Indians’ rotation, but pitched in both the bullpen and a starting role last year.
The 6-foot, 200-pounder was 7-9 with a 4.44 ERA in 19 starts in ’09, but ran into shoulder fatigue in midseason last year and spent time in midseason on the Disabled List.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge and pitching coach Carl Willis both have worked with Laffey in the past with the Indians, where he was a 16th-round Draft pick in ’03.
“With Aaron, we felt we had the opportunity to acquire a left-handed pitcher with Major League experience,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement released by the club. “We will bring him to Spring Training and give him a chance to compete for a position on our pitching staff.”
Laffey is expected to join the Mariners on Thursday in Peoria.
Lawson, 25, was one of the four players Seattle obtained last year from Texas in the Cliff Lee deal. He hit .293 with nine home runs, 56 RBI and 75 runs in Double-A ball, splitting the year between Frisco and West Tenn.
To make room for Laffey on the 40-man roster, Shawn Kelley was placed on the 60-day Disabled List. He’s currently recovering from partial Tommy John surgery and isn’t expected back until June or so.