Cubs claim LHP from the Mariners


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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today claimed left-handed pitcher David Rollins off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

Rollins, 26, spent most of the 2016 campaign with Triple-A Tacoma, going 5-0 with two saves and a 3.77 ERA (19 ER/45.1 IP) in 37 relief appearances. He walked only six batters in 45.1 innings, contributing to a 0.99 WHIP, while limiting opponents to a .236 batting average. The southpaw last season spent big league time with the Mariners for the second year in a row, going 1-0 with a 7.71 ERA (8 ER/9.1 IP) in 11 relief outings.

The six-foot-one, 210-pound Rollins was selected by Seattle in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft from Houston but began the 2015 campaign on the restricted list serving an 80-game suspension for violating MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He returned to toss seven scoreless appearances, covering 9.1 innings, with Tacoma before making his big league debut with the Mariners, going 0-2 with a 7.56 ERA (21 ER/25.0 IP) in 20 relief outings in 2015.

Rollins was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 24th Round of the 2011 Draft out of San Jacinto College. He is 28-16 with six saves and a 3.35 ERA (154 ER/413.1 IP) in 132 minor league outings, including 64 starts, covering the last six seasons. He is 1-2 with a 7.60 ERA (29 ER/34.1 IP) in 31 relief outings with Seattle the last two years.

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