Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MLB news: Mariners acquire Aplin, Orioles acquire Sardinas


      The Seattle Mariners have acquired OF Andrew Aplin from the Houston Astros for a PTBNL or cash considerations.

       Aplin, 26, has never played in the majors. He has a .250 average with a homer and a stolen base in 84 ABs for the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA) this year. He has a career average of .245 with eight homers, 88 RBIs and 47 steals in four years at AAA.

        To make room for Aplin, who was optioned to Tacoma (AAA) on the 40 man roster, RHP Chris Heston was DFA'd. Heston, 29, has pitched in five innings for Seattle this season, striking out three batters, but has a horrid 19.80 ERA. He has a career 4.57 ERA in 193 innings, striking out 151 batters in four seasons for the Mariners and San Francisco Giants. In 2015, he threw a no-hitter as a member of the Giants, against the New York Mets.

         In other MLB news, the Baltimore Orioles claimed INF Luis Sardinas off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Sardinas, 24, has a .163 average with an RBI and a stolen base in 49 ABs this year. He has a career .229 average, four homers, 31 RBIs and 10 steals in 441 ABs with the Padres, Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers. He's liked for his versatility. He can play 2B, SS and 3B. Since the O's had 39 men on the 40 man roster, they didn't need to DFA anyone, so Sardinas became the 40th man.

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