Yesterday the Seattle Mariners traded shortstop Chris Taylor to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-handed pitching prospect Zach Lee. The Mariners are in desperate need of starting pitching help with Felix Hernandez and Wade Miley on the disabled list and Taijuan Walker struggling with a foot issue.
We profiled Lee back in April. Since then he made 13 starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City, posting a 4.89 ERA in 74 innins with a 57/15 K/BB and 95 hits allowed. Reports from the Pacific Coast League are in line with the early-season summary: Lee has a four-pitch arsenal with an essentially average fastball, curve, slider, and change-up. Nothing is plus but he throws strikes and usually doesn't beat himself.
This is the sort of trade that could help both teams. Taylor was surplus to Seattle's needs while Lee had no clear place to start in Los Angeles. He's been stuck in the Pacific Coast League for three years pitching in tough parks and has usually held his own in unforgiving environments.
Overall Lee profiles as a fourth or fifth starter, but he may actually put up superficially better numbers getting to work in Safeco as compared to the PCL.