Mariners acquire Mike Kickham from Cubs

The Seattle Mariners have acquired left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham from the Chicago Cubs for minor-league pitching prospect Lars Huijer.

The move was finalized earlier today. To make room for Kickham, the Mariners designated pitcher Anthony Fernandez for assignment.

In Triple-A Fresno, Kickham was 8-8 with a 4.43 ERA in 27 starts and finished the year with 131 strikeouts, which placed fourth most in the Pacific Coast League. Kickham also saw limited time with the San Francisco Giants in 2014, appearing in two games while giving up five runs in two innings.

Kickham was a member of the Giants organization for five years but was placed on waivers in December and  was claimed by the Cubs. After the Cubs signed Chris Denorfia, Kickham was placed on waivers once again.

Huijer, the 17th ranked Mariners prospect according to, had a rough campaign in 2014. After dominating hitters in Single-A Everett in 2013, Huijer ended 2014 with a 2-4 record and a 6.54 ERA.

The acquisition makes sense for both teams. For the Mariners, they acquire rotation depth and a potential bullpen arm with a minor league option in Kickham, and for the Cubs, they receive a young prospect in Huijer who still has the potential to become an end of the rotation arm.

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