Mariners News: M’s Trade Tyler Olson to Dodgers


The Seattle Mariners have traded left handed pitcher Tyler Olson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a PTBNL or cash.

The Mariners had designated Olson for assignment to make room on the 40 man roster for A.J. Schugel who they claimed from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Olson, was born in Spokane Washington, attended University High School and Gonzaga University.  He was drafted by the Mariners in the seventh round of the 2013 draft.  He has been both a reliever and a starter during his career.  The Los Angeles Dodgers have clearly been looking for arms due to the loss of Zack Greinke to free agency and now backing out of the deal with Hisashi Iwakuma.  This will help give the Dodgers more arms in camp to compete.

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His Minor League career numbers sit at 3.86 ERA and 1.329 WHIP with a 3.17 strikeout to walk ratio.  He made a quick run through the Minor League system and it culminated in 13.1 innings last year in relief for the Mariners at the Major League level.

The 26 year old 6-foot-3 left hander made the big league club out of Spring Training in 2015.  But he didn’t have much success in his cup of coffee in the bigs.  He appeared in 11 games finishing with a 5.40 ERA and a 2.1 WHIP and a 0.80 strikeout to walk ratio.  He allowed 8 runs, 10 walks and only had 8 strikeouts.  In truth, this is a very small sample size to go on and it appears that while he was rushed to the Majors due to his early success in the Minors, he will need a bit more work.

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Tyler Olson has not reached his ceiling or potential just yet, that is evident.  But Jerry Dipoto is a very focused General Manager and is determined to make sure to get players on this roster that he knows well and that fit his philosophy.  It’s a breath of fresh air to be honest, to see a General Manager with a plan be so determined and focused and execute it.

The home town kid is now with a new organization, the Los Angeles Dodgers.  We wish him nothing but the best in his career.  Good luck Tyler.