Dodgers get Taylor from Mariners for pitching prospect Lee

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Zach Lee from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for infielder Chris Taylor.

The vast majority of Taylor's Major League experience has come in short, though he has seen a significant amount of time at second in the minors, as well as a handful of games at third.

Although spending his entire two-plus-year big league career in Seattle, the 25-year-old Taylor had appeared in just two games for the Mariners this season while receiving a mere three at bats. Taylor, 25, is batting.312 in 63 games at Triple-A Tacoma, but his future in the organization dimmed this season when he was optioned back to the Rainiers after making two errors in his only big-league appearance. Lee helps fill out their rotation in Tacoma and an additional starter on the 40-man roster if Walker were to need to go on the disabled list or if Adrian Sampson struggles in his next start. He played mostly shortstop, with 49 starts at the position, but also made seven starts at second base and five more at third.

Lee, 24, has posted a 7-5 record with a 4.89 ERA in 13 starts this season with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He made is big league debut last season, allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in a spot start.


The Mariners drafted Taylor in the fifth round in 2012. Lee was ranked by Baseball America as one the game's top 100 prospects prior to the 2011, 2012 and 2014 seasons, but he has yet to match that potential.

  • Jo Lloyd