Dipoto makes fourth trade of the season
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"I've been traded WHERE?"
April 24, 2019
The Mariners traded minor-league infielder Ryne Ogren to the Orioles for right-handed reliever Mike Wright today.
Wright has had a spotty professional career, pitching reasonably well at the Triple-A level and poorly at the Major League level. In ten appearances this year with Baltimore, he's posted an ugly 9.45 ERA and brutal 2.025 WHIP, and last year's 5.55 ERA/1.625 WHIP in 481⁄3 innings weren't much better. At Triple-A Norfolk from 2015-2017, however, he was 17-11 with a 2.99 ERA and 1.152 WHIP (2401⁄3 IP).
Perhaps GM Jerry Dipoto thinks Wright was mishandled in Baltimore and better coaching can bring his big-league performance more in line with his Triple-A record, but it seems an odd move nonetheless. Ogren, who had been playing shortstop and third base for Class-A West Virginia, is not a steep price, though, so this is a relatively low-risk pickup. Wright has no minor-league options remaining, so he will have to go straight to the Mariners' bullpen or be exposed to waivers.
Wright can be no worse than R.J. Alaniz, who was optioned down to Tacoma yesterday, but where he will fit is uncertain. The M's already plan on promoting top prospect Justus Sheffield on Friday to pitch in long relief following a scheduled short-start for Yusei Kikuchi, and while the obvious corresponding move there is to send Shawn Armstrong down to get right in Triple-A, who Wright would supplant is less clear.