LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Friday acquired a former Mariners pitcher, but no it wasn't Hisashi Iwakuma, who was busy getting re-introduced to reporters in Seattle. Instead, the Dodgers acquired left-handed pitcher Tyler Olson from Seattle for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Olson, the Dodgers designated right-handed pitcher Daniel Reynolds for assignment. Reynolds was claimed off waivers from the Angels on Dec. 7.
Olson, now 26, was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 11 relief appearances with the Mariners in 2015, his first major league stint, with eight strikeouts in 13⅓ innings. He also had 10 walks in that limited duty, but a whopping seven of those free passes were intentional, which led the American League as Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider pointed out.
He was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Wednesday.
Olson, a seventh-round pick in 2013 out of Gonzaga, had a 4.47 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma in 2015, with 53 strikeouts and 17 walks in 54⅓ innings in 25 games, including six starts. He struck out 31.6 percent of left-handed batters faced in Triple-A, holding them to hitting .224/.303/.403 against him.
Olson has 59 days of major league service time and two option years remaining, having used one in 2015.
Would just like to thank Seattle for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love. On to the next journey with the LA Dodgers— Tyler Olson (@tolson_13) December 19, 2015