With a minor league career ERA of 3.18 and option years remaining, Dillon Overton was a pretty strong bet to not make it through waivers when the Oakland A's designated him for assignment on Wednesday. Sure enough, the A's found a team interested in Overton's services early in the waiver process, trading him to the Seattle Mariners for minor league catcher Jason Goldstein on Thursday.
Overton heads to Seattle after a 2016 season that saw him excel at the Triple-A level (3.29 ERA and a 105:31 K:BB in 125.2 innings) and struggle in limited appearances in the big leagues (11.47 ERA in 24.1 innings). The A's 2013 second-round pick gives Seattle a potential solid backend rotation starter who is controllable over the next several years.
In exchange, the A's received Goldstein, who was the Mariners' ninth-round pick last season out of Illinois. He was a 17th-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015 but chose not to sign. The 22-year-old backstop missed the first half of the short season with a hamstring injury and played 19 games for the Arizona Rookie League Mariners and the short-season Everett AquaSox in his pro debut. He hit .279/.328/.311 in 61 at-bats across the two levels once he was healthy.
Goldstein was a senior sign last year. He played four years at Illinois, batting .289/.362/.410 in 198 games. Goldstein hit .312 with a .402 OBP as a senior. He got high marks for leading a talented Illini pitching staff the past two seasons and threw out nearly 40% of would-be base-stealers as a senior.