Mariners acquire lefty Aaron Laffey from the Indians

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From Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer comes word that the Indians have traded left-hander Aaron Laffey to the Mariners.

There’s no word yet on what the Tribe might be getting in return from the M’s, but we can safely guess that it won’t be much.

Laffey, a 16th-round pick in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft, posted an underwhelming 4.53 ERA and 28/28 K/BB ratio in 55.2 innings for the Indians last season, serving as both a starter and reliever. His numbers will probably look a little better in Seattle, where Safeco Field can be awfully friendly to pitchers, but he is far from a promising pitcher.

The 25-year-old southpaw was being groomed as a potential member of the Indians’ starting rotation this spring in camp. It’s not yet clear how the Mariners will try to use him.

The trade cleared a spot on Cleveland’s 40-man roster for freshly-signed reliever Chad Durbin.

UPDATE: According to the Indians’ official Twitter feed, minor league utilityman Matt Lawson is headed to the Indians. A fellow 25-year-old, he posted an .811 OPS in 118 games at the Double-A level last season.

Diamondbacks, T.J. McFarland avoid arbitration

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.

McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).

McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.