Seattle acquires Parrish from Baltimore
Mariners get left-handed reliever Parrish from Baltimore; Indians claim Gomez from Orioles
BALTIMORE - The Seattle Mariners added a left-handed arm to their bullpen Thursday, acquiring John Parrish from the Baltimore Orioles for a minor league outfielder and a player to be named or cash.
Parrish switched clubhouses Thursday night before the Mariners and Orioles completed a three-game series at Camden Yards.
"I'm still stunned. But it's a good stunned," Parrish said while slipping on a Mariners uniform.
Utility infielder Chris Gomez also left the Orioles when the Cleveland Indians claimed him on waivers.
Parrish was drafted by Baltimore in 1996 and had been with the organization ever since.
"It's been a good time. They stuck with me for a long time," he said. That's why it's a little different. Twelve years with the same organization is a little unheard of sometimes."
The 29-year-old Parrish appeared in 45 games for the Orioles this year, going 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA. He missed most of the previous two seasons after having a pair of operations on his pitching arm, including Tommy John surgery.
"He is a veteran pitcher and he adds a little depth to the organization," Seattle manager John McLaren said. "He's not an innings pitcher; he's a situational lefty. And he also has pretty good stats against right-handers."
Seattle sent Sebastien Boucher to the Orioles. Boucher has split this season between Double-A West Tenn and Triple-A Tacoma. In 28 games with Tacoma, Boucher was hitting .298 with four doubles and 12 RBIs. He was a seventh-round pick by Seattle in the June 2004 draft.
Seattle also optioned right-handed reliever Mark Lowe to Tacoma to clear a roster spot for Parrish. Lowe returned last month after missing the first three months of the season following a pair of operations on his right elbow.
"This will give us a chance to move Mark Lowe and let him pitch on a more regular basis," McLaren said.
Lowe was a sensation out of the Mariners' bullpen a year ago when he went 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA in 15 appearances during his first major league season. This year, he appeared in four games after being activated from the disabled list on July 24. He was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA.
Gomez hit .302 with one homer and 16 RBIs in 169 at-bats for the Orioles. He was looking forward to joining the AL Central-leading Indians.
"I've heard lots of good things about the Cleveland organization, so it's something to look forward to. But of course I'm going to miss the guys here," he said.
The Orioles recalled pitcher Jim Hoey from Triple-A Norfolk and selected the contract of outfielder Tike Redman from the same club.