Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings that the Mariners have acquired right-handed pitcher Shawn Armstrong from Cleveland in exchange for international slot money.
Seattle’s Major League, 40-man roster is now at 38.
Armstrong, 27, split the 2017 season between AAA Columbus and Cleveland. With the Indians, he was 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA (12 ER, 24.2 IP) with 20 strikeouts in 21 relief appearances over nine stints. Over his final 18 Major League outings, he posted a 2.91 ERA (7 ER, 21.2 IP) with 18 strikeouts. In 28 relief games with Columbus, he was 1-1 with 10 saves and a 3.07 ERA (10 ER, 29.1 IP) with 36 strikeouts, striking out 11.0 batters per 9.0 innings.
In parts of three Major League seasons, he is 1-0 with a 3.53 ERA (17 ER, 43.1 IP) with 38 strikeouts in 39 games with Cleveland. In his minor league career, he is 15-12 with 54 saves and a 2.37 ERA (77 ER, 292.2 IP) with 393 strikeouts in 251 appearances, all in relief. He was selected by Cleveland in the 18th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of East Carolina University (Greenville, NC).