LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Friday added a pair of players to their system, claiming pitcher Chris Heston and infielder Mike Freeman off waivers from the Mariners. Both players were optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Heston, 29, has 33 major league starts in parts of four major league seasons with the Giants and Mariners. Thirty-one of those starts came in 2015 with San Francisco, including a no-hitter against the Mets in New York on June 9, 2015.
This season, the right-hander was 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Tacoma, with 28 strikeouts and 11 walks in 31⅔ innings. In two games with the Mariners this season, including one start, Heston allowed 12 runs on 14 hits, including three home runs, in five innings, with five walks and three strikeouts.
Heston was designated for assignment by Seattle on Wednesday.
Freeman, who turns 30 in August, has been primarily a shortstop and second baseman throughout his minor league career, though he has started games at every position but pitcher and catcher. He was hitting .356/.424/.492 in 15 games with Tacoma this season.
Freeman was just 2-for-30 (.067) in 16 games with the Mariners this season, with four walks and a home run. In parts of two major league seasons with the Diamondbacks and Mariners, Freeman is 7-for-52 (.135/.224/.212) with six walks, with games started at second base, shortstop, third base, first base, and right field.
The utility man made his major league debut last July 17 for Arizona against the Dodgers, going 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts at Chase Field.
Heston is using his final option year in 2017, while Freeman has one option year remaining after this season.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Heston and Freeman, the Dodgers transferred outfielder Andrew Toles and pitcher Scott Kazmir to the 60-day disabled list.