The Mariners have moved Yovani Gallardo to the bullpen and have called up prospect Andrew Moore to start on Thursday against the Tigers, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Gallardo, 31, has struggled over 14 starts for the Mariners, compiling an ugly 6.30 ERA with a 57/32 K/BB ratio in 75 2/3 innings. The Mariners acquired him from the Orioles in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith back in January.
Moore, 23, is considered the Mariners’ No. 4 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. The Mariners selected him in the second round of the 2015 draft. This season with Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma, Moore has posted an aggregate 2.72 ERA with a 77/17 K/BB ratio in 82 2/3 innings.
The Twins’ Dustin Morse announced on Thursday that the Reds claimed first baseman Kennys Vargas off waivers. The Twins had designated him for assignment last Friday.
Vargas was a man without a spot on the Twins’ roster as he has only played first base and DH, but the club has Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison for those spots. The Reds aren’t much better as Joey Votto lays claim to first base and there is no DH in the National League. Vargas switch-hits and has some power, so he will presumably provide that off the bench for the Reds.
Across parts of four seasons in the majors, Vargas has hit .252/.311/.437 with 35 home runs and 116 RBI in 859 plate appearances.