It was announced early Thursday evening that Jerry Dipoto had swung another move, acquiring LHP Dillon Overton from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league catcher Jason Goldstein. To make room for Overton, the Mariners designated Jesus Sucre for assignment. Sucre became expendable off the 40 man when the Mariners claimed Tuffy Gosewich off waivers earlier in the day.
Overton, 25, posted an ugly 1-3 record and 11.47 ERA in seven games, starting five of them. The numbers in Oakland though were a small sample size, considering he was a very effective pitcher in the minors. From the Mariners standpoint, the extra arms will be helpful considering you can never have enough lefties. Jason Goldstein who goes to Oakland, played in 14 games for the Everett Aquasox last season, slashed .255/.316/.294 in 51 at-bats. A ninth round selection in 2016, Goldstein's effectiveness comes not at the plate but with his glove behind the dish.
As for Sucre, he was the odd man out behind Mike Zunino and Carlos Ruiz to begin with, but with Gosewich being brought in, there was no room left on the 40-man. Considering he's far from a productive hitter and only an average defender, it's likely that he will go unclaimed on waivers meaning the Mariners can leave him in Tacoma for depth.