Wilkins added, Hicks lost, Olmos DFA’d
The Mariners claimed first baseman Andy Wilkins off waivers from the Orioles on Thursday, but also lost catcher John Hicks on a waiver claim to the Twins. Additionally, Seattle designated left-hander Edgar Olmos for assignment to open a spot for Wilkins on the 40-man roster.
Hicks had been designated for assignment on Nov. 23 and now goes on to the Twins’ 40-man roster. He was a fourth-round Draft choice of the Mariners in 2011 and hit .063 in 36 at-bats in a brief stint with Seattle late last season.
Wilkins, 27, had been claimed off waivers by the Orioles in September after splitting last season between the Triple-A clubs for the Dodgers and Blue Jays. He hit a combined .251 with 29 doubles, 18 home runs and 79 RBIs in 126 games in Triple-A.
He gives Seattle some depth at first base following the trade of Mark Trumbo to the Orioles in a deal that still hasn’t been formally announced. With Trumbo’s departure, Jesus Montero was the only other full-time first baseman on the 40-man roster.
Wilkins was drafted by the White Sox in the fifth round in 2010 and played 17 games for their Major League club in 2014, hitting .140 (6-for-43) with two double and two RBIs. In six Minor League seasons with three organizations, he’s batted .272 with 111 home runs and 441 RBIs in 681 games.
Olmos appeared in six games for the Mariners last year, including two starts, and was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA. He was 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 20 games for Triple-A Tacoma after being acquired on waivers from the Marlins last offseason.
The club now has 10 days to trade, release or outright Olmos to the Minors.