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Mariners demote Edwin Diaz from the closer’s role

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Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have taken Edwin Diaz out of the closer’s role for the time being. Per Divish, Diaz has “some major mechanical issues” and “isn’t able to make in-game adjustments as needed.”

Manager Scott Servais will go with a closer-by-committee, playing match-ups with Nick Vincent, Steve Cishek, Mark Rzepczynski, and Tony Zych.

Diaz has allowed runs in both of his two most recent appearances and in four out of his seven total appearances this month. On the season, he’s 1-2 with seven saves in nine opportunities, a 5.28 ERA, and a 20/10 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.