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Dipoto makes fifth trade of the season

Seattle General Manager Jerry Dipoto made yet another trade this weekend, acquiring right-handed reliever Austin Adams from the Washington Nationals in exchange for Class-A prospect Nick Wells and cash considerations.

Adams had been pitching with Washington's Triple-A affiliate in Fresno, where he went 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in ten innings of work. He gave up a run in his only inning with the Nationals this season. An eight-year veteran of the minor leagues, Adams has been an effective Triple-A pitcher but has had little opportunity in the big leagues. He's had three cups of coffee with Washington, throwing seven Major League innings over nine appearances. The Nationals designated Adams for assignment to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, but he has a minor-league option remaining and will report to Triple-A Tacoma.

Wells, a 23-year-old left-handed starting pitcher, had been with Modesto of the California League. He'd made stops at four levels of the Mariners' minor-league ladder—Rookie level through advanced Class-A—and figures to land in the Class-A level of Washington's system as well. He was 1-2 with a 7.91 ERA in five starts for Modesto this season.


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