MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Mariners have acquired pitcher Mike Kickham from the Cubs in exchange for minor leaguer Lars Huijer. The Mariners designated pitcher Anthony Fernandez to make room on the 40-man roster for Kickham.
Kickham, 26, was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 draft by the Giants. The lefty has struggled since advancing to Triple-A to begin the 2013 season, posting a 4.38 ERA with a 221/113 K/BB ratio in 259 innings with Triple-A Fresno. He has a 10.98 ERA in 30 1/3 major league innings. However, the Mariners are willing to take a chance with Kickham due to his age and contract status, as he won’t become arbitration-eligible until 2018. The Cubs selected him off of waivers from the Giants last month.
Huijer, as his last name may imply, hails from the Netherlands. The 21-year-old struggled last season, splitting his time between Single-A Clinton High Desert. He finished with an aggregate 5.08 ERA and a 76/61 K/BB ratio in 124 innings.