Hours after claiming C Tuffy Gosewisch off waivers from Atlanta, the Mariners Friday acquired LHP Dillon Overton from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league C Jason Goldstein. To make room on their 40-man roster, the Mariners designated C Jesus Sucre for assignment.
“Dillon has been successful at every level of the minor leagues,” said Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto. “He is a young, controllable pitcher with major league upside who adds to our depth.”
Overton, 25, went 13-5 with a 3.29 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) with AAA Nashville last season. Among qualifying AAA pitchers, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound left-hander ranked third in wins (13) and eighth in ERA (3.29). He entered the season ranked as the Athletics eighth-best prospect by Baseball America.
Overton was selected by Oakland June 25 and made his MLB debut in a start against the Angels that day. In seven games with the Athletics, he went 1-3 with an 11.47 ERA with 17 strikeouts and seven walks.
A native of Clinton, OK, Overton was selected by Boston in the 26th round of the 2010 draft but did not sign. After three seasons at the University of Oklahoma, he was selected by Oakland in the second round in 2013. In parts of three minor league seasons, he compiled a career record of 20-14 with a 3.18 ERA. Overton made his pro debut with the AZL Athletics in 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow July 9, 2013.
Goldstein, 22, split his first pro season with the Arizona League Mariners and Short-A Everett. In 19 combined games, he hit .279. Goldstein was the Mariners’ ninth-round pick in the 2016 draft out of University of Illinois.
Sucre, 28, appeared in nine games over two stints with Seattle in 2016 due to an injury. He hit .480 with one home run. He was on the 60-day disabled list from March 1-July 6 after having surgery in January 2016 to repair damage in his right ankle.
The Mariners signed Sucre as a minor league free July 19, 2011. Over parts of four seasons with Seattle (2013-16), he hit .209 with two home runs and 20 RBIs in 88 games. Sucre was signed by the Atlanta Braves as a non-drafted free agent May 20, 2005.