The Pirates have traded reliever Cody Bolton to the Mariners for cash considerations, according to an announcement from Pittsburgh.
Bolton, 25, was drafted in the sixth round in 2017 out of Tracy High School in California. By the end of the 2019 season, Bolton had made his way to Double-A as a starter.
However, the 2020 minor league season was wiped out by COVID-19, and Bolton missed all of 2021 due to knee surgery. Fortunately, Bolton recovered and made his MLB debut for the Pirates on April 29th on the road against the Nationals. He spent the season moving up and down from Triple-A. Bolton pitched fairly well at Triple-A, but only managed a 6.33 ERA, 20.6 K%, and 14.0 BB% in the Majors across 21 1/3 innings.
Though still in contention, the Mariners traded closer Paul Sewald to the Diamondbacks at the deadline this year due to the strength of their bullpen. Their projected bullpen for 2024 is currently anchored by Andres Munoz, Matt Brash, Justin Topa, and Gabe Speier. Bolton will vie for a spot with that group and hope some of the team’s success with less than household names carries over to him.