SEATTLE — Mike Wright, a 29-year-old right-hander with 101 games of Major League experience with the Orioles, was acquired by the Mariners on Wednesday in exchange for Minor League infielder Ryne Ogren.
Wright had been designated for assignment by Baltimore on Sunday after posting a 9.45 ERA in 10 relief
Wright had been designated for assignment by Baltimore on Sunday after posting a 9.45 ERA in 10 relief outings this year. He will be added to Seattle’s 40-man roster, which is now at 40.
Wright has posted a 10-12 record with a 5.95 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 101 games for the Orioles, including 23 starts, since breaking into the Majors in 2015. He spent all last season in the bullpen for Baltimore with a 5.55 ERA in 48 appearances.
A third-round Draft pick of the Orioles in 2011 out of East Carolina, Wright has a fastball that reaches 96-97 mph, but he has struggled with command. He competed for a spot in the Orioles’ rotation this spring, with a 3.32 ERA in 21 2/3 innings in Grapefruit League action, but he wound up in the bullpen and gave up five home runs with 14 strikeouts and seven walks in 13 1/3 innings.
Ogren was a 12th-round Draft pick by the Mariners last year out of Elon University and was batting .159 (7-for-44) with two home runs and four RBIs in 12 games for Class A West Virginia this season. The 22-year-old hit .250 with three homers and 31 RBIs in 55 games for short-season Class A Everett last year.