The Mariners made a small trade on Tuesday, acquiring right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland from the Dodgers in exchange for minor league infielder Erick Mejia.
The Mariners continued to make tweaks and minor changes to their roster as spring training lingers just over 30 days away. On Tuesday, general manager Jerry Dipoto made a trade for starting pitching depth, acquiring right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for minor league infielder Erick Mejia. To make room on the 40-man roster for Wieland, right-handed pitcher A.J. Schugel was designated for assignment.
Wieland spent the bulk of his 2015 season with Class AAA Oklahoma, making 21 starts and one relief appearance. He posted a 10-5 record with a 4.59 ERA. He struck out 92 batters in 113 2/3 innings pitched. Wieland made two starts with the Dodgers in 2015, going 0-1 with an 8.31 earned-run average.
For his career, Wieland has made nine big league starts and two relief appearances in parts of three seasons with the Padres and Dodgers. He’s got a 1-5 record with a 5.85 ERA. He is a former fourth-round pick by the Rangers.
Mejia, 21, had stints with Class A Clinton, Rookie Arizona League Mariners and a brief fill-in stint with the Rainiers. He hit .282 with six doubles, two triples, 16 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 50 games played. He also missed three weeks of the season with a shoulder strain. Over his first four seasons in the minor leagues, Mejia hit .273 with 86 runs scored, 42 RBI and 49 stolen bases in 133 total games.
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The Mariners claimed Schugel, 26, off waivers from the Diamondbacks on Dec.16, 2015. He made his big league debut last season, making five relief appearances, posting a 5.00 ERA. In six minor league seasons with the Angels and Diamondbacks, Wieland has posted a 32-24 record with a 4.04 ERA in 109 starts and 20 relief appearances.