Elias was originally signed by the Mariners as a minor league free agent out of Cuba in 2011 and later traded to the Red Sox
CHICAGO — The Mariners added some left-handed pitching depth to their 40-man roster on Monday by bringing back an old friend.
The organization announced that general manager Jerry Dipoto had re-acquired Roenis Elias in a trade with the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Elias was placed on the 40-man roster — the Mariners have one open spot remaining with his addition — and is scheduled to report to Class AAA Tacoma.
Dipoto originally traded Elias to the Red Sox along with reliever Carson Smith on Dec. 2015 for left-handed starting pitcher Wade Miley and right-handed reliever Jonathan Aro, neither of whom are in the organization.
A one-time member of the Mariners’ starting rotation in 2014 and a starter for most of his career, the Red Sox converted the 29-year-old lefty to a reliever this season and has shown some early success in the new role. Elias was 1-0 with a save and a 1.23 ERA in four appearances with Class AAA Pawtucket this season, including nine strikeouts and two walks in 7 1/3 innings pitched. But the Mariners will try to stretch him back out.
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“I know he’s been here before and it’s a name that has come up in the past, who might be able to help us out,” manager Scott Servais said. “I think we are talking about maybe stretching him out and starting him in Tacoma. We’ll see what happens. I think it’s a really good arm and it creates some depth for us if we need it later in the season.”
The Mariners have a lack of left-handed pitching on the 40-man roster, particularly relievers. Besides Marc Rzepczynski and James Pazos, who are on the big league roster, Dario Alvarez is the only other lefty reliever on the 40-man roster. Alvarez has six walks and seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings pitched this season.
Elias spent of the 2017 season with a right oblique strain. He started the season on the 10-day disabled list and was later transferred to the 60-day disabled list. He made a total of seven rehab starts with four affiliates and then was activated from the DL, making three more starts for Pawtucket. He posted a combined 1-6 record with a 6.96 ERA. He made one appearance for the Red Sox, pitching a 1/3 of an inning, walking batter and recording a strikeout.
Elias was originally signed by the Mariners as a minor league free agent out of Cuba in 2011. After an impressive spring in 2014, he made his big league debut on April 3 vs. the A’s. He posted a 10-12 record with a 3.85 ERA in 29 starts that season. He became just the fifth left-handed rookie pitcher in club history to earn 10 wins.