The Seattle Mariners have struck a deal with the San Diego Padres to acquire right-handed reliever Nick Vincent for a player to be named later.
It has been rumored the past few weeks that the Mariners and the Padres have been talking about a deal for a reliever, and it has finally come to fruition as a deal was completed between the two occupiers of the Peoria Sports Complex.
Vincent, 29, will immediately be placed on the 40-man roster and is out of Minor League options. The right-hander is entering his fifth MLB season, all spent with the Padres, in which he has posted a career ERA of 2.63 in 150.2 IP. Last season he appeared in 26 games and posted an ERA of 2.35 in 23.0 IP.
Now all Vincent has to do is basically walk across the parking lot at the Peoria Sports Complex from his old team to his new team with Opening Day just five days away.
With the acquisition of Vincent, the Mariners’ bullpen is now complete. When GM Jerry Dipoto announced the deal Wednesday morning, he named the rest of the bullpen as well.
That bullpen will be made up of newly acquired relievers Joaquin Benoit, Steve Cishek, Joel Peralta, and Vincent to go with returners Vidal Nuno, Tony Zych, and Mike Montgomery who is transitioning over to the bullpen from being a starter.
The bullpen was one of the last major question marks in the makeup of the Mariners’ Opening Day roster, but now that question has been answered.
After being one of the best bullpens in the league in 2014, in 2015 they were one of the worst bullpens. With a few new faces in this year’s bullpen, the Mariners will be trying to get back to their form from a few years back.
Seattle will still be awaiting the return of southpaw Charlie Furbush, who was one of the team’s best relievers a season ago. He will be starting the season on the disabled list.