LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers finalized their trade on Monday, getting left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Mariners in exchange for catcher Carlos Ruiz.
Nuno put up a 3.53 ERA and 4.51 FIP in 55 games for the Mariners in 2016, including one start. He struck out 51 (a 20.6% strikeout rate) and walked only 11 in his 58⅔ innings. He also allowed 11 home runs, making him sort of a lesser mirror image of the right-handed Pedro Baez.
In the first two months of 2016, Nuno had a 1.02 ERA in 20 appearances, with 21 strikeouts (31.3% rate) and one walk in 17⅔ innings. But from June 1 through the rest of the season, Nuno’s ERA was 4.61 in 35 appearances, with 30 strikeouts (16.7% K rate), 10 walks and 10 home runs allowed in 41 innings.
Lefties in his career — parts of four major league seasons with the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Mariners — have hit just .224/.285/.356 against Nuno, though in 2016 that number shot up to .293/.333/.476 in 90 plate appearances.
In his four major league seasons, Nuno has a 4.02 ERA and 4.48 FIP in 126 games, including 42 starts, with 28 of those starts coming in 2014. As a starter, Nuno in his career has a 4.40 ERA and 18.2% strikeout rate, compared to a 3.14 ERA and 22.6% K rate as a relief pitcher.
Per Brooks Baseball, Nuno used his slider 40.4% of the time in 2016 (average 84.6 mph), and used his four-seam fastball 28% of the time (average 90.2 mph).
Nuno was traded by the Yankees to Arizona on July 6, 2014 in exchange for current Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy.
Nuno, now 29, was born in National City down in San Diego County, and went to high school at Sweetwater High School in National City. He was a 48th-round draft pick by the Indians in 2009.
Nuno used options in 2013 and 2015, and has one option year remaining.
With three years, 15 days of major league service time, Nuno is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter, giving the Dodgers potentially nine players who are arb-eligible this offseason.
Matt Swartz at MLB Trade Rumors in October projected a salary of $1.1 million for Nuno in 2017.
The Dodgers have 38 players on the 40-man roster.