Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has claimed infielder Andy Wilkins from the Baltimore Orioles. In order to make room on the roster left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos was designated for assignment. Catcher John Hicks, who was designated for assignment on November 23, was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins.
The Mariners Major League 40-man roster is now full.
Wilkins, 27, split the 2015 season between Triple-A Oklahoma City (Los Angeles-NL) and Triple-A Buffalo (Toronto), combining to hit .251 (109x434) with 62 runs scored, 29 doubles, 1 triple, 18 home runs and 79 RBI over 126 games. The left-handed hitting first baseman started the season with Buffalo after being claimed off waivers by Toronto from Chicago-AL on March 29. He was traded to Los Angeles-NL on May 3 and was claimed off waivers by Baltimore on September 6.
Wilkins was originally selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 5th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut for the White Sox in 2014, batting .140 (6x43) with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 2 walks in 17 games. Over six seasons in the minor leagues with Chicago-AL (2010-14), Toronto (2015) and Los Angeles-NL (2015), he has hit .272 (688x2529) with 380 runs scored, 171 doubles, 4 triples, 111 home runs and 441 RBI in 681 career games.
Olmos, 25, went 1-0, 4.50 (7 ER, 14.0 IP) in 6 games, 2 starts with Seattle in 2015. He spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Tacoma going 1-1, 3.55 ERA (13 ER, 33.0 IP) in 20 games, 2 starts, with the Rainiers. Olmos was on the disabled list from April 3-May 20 with a left shoulder impingement. The injury caused him to miss all of spring training, as well. Olmos was acquired by Seattle from the Miami Marlins via a waiver claim on Nov. 20, 2014.
Hicks, 26, was designated for assignment on November 23 when catcher Chris Iannetta was added to the Major League roster. He appeared in 17 games, 14 games behind the plate (10 GS) with Seattle in 2015, batting .063 (2x32) with 1 run scored, 1 double, 1 RBI and 1 walk. Hicks spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Tacoma, batting .245 (73x298) with 39 runs scored, 15 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs and 35 RBI 83 games. In five minor league seasons with Seattle, he hit .280 (428x1529) with 229 runs scored, 82 doubles, 9 triples, 32 home runs and 216 RBI in 403 games after being selected in 4th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Virginia.
The club now has 10 days to trade, release or outright Olmos to the minors.