The Return of Roenis Elias
Photo: Jon Wells
Following the 2015 season, the Mariners traded one of their promising young starting pitchers, Roenis Elias, to Boston along with reliever Carson Smith, for more seasoned starter Wade Miley. (Miley has since been traded himself, for pitcher Ariel Miranda.) Elias only made four appearances with the Red Sox after that, spending the majority of his time with Boston's Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket, and had a lengthy stint on the disabled list with a strained oblique. This week the Red Sox traded Elias back to the Mariners in exchange for either a player to be named later or cash considerations.
In his first stint with Seattle, Elias posted a record of 15-20 with a 3.97 ERA in 51 games. On June 1st of his rookie year of 2014, the Cuban lefty shut out the Tigers for his one and thus far only career complete-game.
Elias worked in relief with the Red Sox, though was used as a starter with Pawtucket in 2016 and '17. The Mariners intend on returning him to the starter role and have assigned him to Triple-A Tacoma. Elias will provide the M's with some added depth should there be a need for reinforcements in the big-league starting rotation later this year.