Mariners bring back Elias as they add depth

Mariners bring back Elias as they add depth

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced Monday that the Mariners have acquired left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias from Boston in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Elias will report to AAA Tacoma.

Seattle’s Major League, 40-man, is now at 39 players.

Elias, 29, is 1-0 with 1 save and a 1.23 ERA (1 ER, 7.1 IP) with 9 strikeouts and 2 walks in 4 games with AAA Pawtucket this season. He has struck out multiple batters in 3 of his 4 outings, including a season-high 4 strikeouts in 3.0 scoreless innings of work in his season debut on April 7 vs. Lehigh Valley.

The 5-foot-11, 197-pound left-hander spent the majority of the 2017 season on the disabled list with the Red Sox. He began the season on the 10-day DL with a right oblique strain and was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 15. He combined to make 7 rehab starts with high-A Salem, short-A Lowell, AA Portland and AAA Pawtucket. He was activated from the 60-day DL and optioned to Pawtucket on Aug. 17, where he made 3 more starts. Elias was recalled by Boston on Sept. 1 and made his only Major League appearance of 2017 on Sept. 4 vs. Toronto, striking out 1 and walking 1 in 0.1 innings pitched.

In parts of 4 Major League seasons with the Mariners (2014-15) and Red Sox (2016-17), he is 15-21 with a 4.20 ERA (134 ER, 287.0 IP) with 244 strikeouts and 114 walks in 55 career games (50 starts). Elias was acquired by the Red Sox from the Mariners on Dec. 7, 2015 along with RHP Carson Smith in exchange for LHP Wade Miley and RHP Jonathan Aro.

The lefty made his Major League debut with the Mariners on April 3, 2014 at Oakland and went on to compile a record of 10-12 with a 3.85 ERA (70 ER, 163.2 IP) with 143 strikeouts and 64 walks in 29 starts in his rookie season. He became just the 5th left-handed rookie in club history to earn 10 wins. On June 1, 2014 vs. Detroit, he tossed a shutout, allowing only 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 1. He is one of 10 rookies in club history (done 16x) to throw a shutout. He originally signed with Seattle as a minor league free agent on May 3, 2011.