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A.J. Schugel claimed by Seattle Mariners

The price of the Zack Greinke signing just keeps mounting, doesn't it?

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Schugel had quite the season of contrasts in 2015, after being the player to be named later from the Angels, in the Mark Trumbo trade. He made his major-league debut on April 12th, tossing three innings in relief of Josh Collmenter against the Dodgers - ironically, the starting pitcher for LA that day was... yep, Zack Greinke. He was then optioned down to Reno, but performed really badly there. And I mean horribly, making five starts and posting a 12.66 ERA, allowing 43 hits and 13 walks in only 21.1 innings. That got him a ticket down to Mobile, where he was actually pretty good, with a 2.21 ERA over 12 starts, though at age 26, he was old for the level.

That got him back up to Reno, where he immediately returned to not being very good again - 13 earned runs in 16.2 innings - but was still deemed worth of a call-up to the big leagues, and finished out the season on the D-backs roster. He allowed three earned runs over his final six innings, but that doesn't include a startling appearance on September 4th against the Cubs, where he became the first D-backs pitcher since J.D. Durbin in 2007 to allow seven runs in an outing of less than an inning, though none of the runs were earned [Matt Stites followed suit later this season, versus the Astros]

His Diamondbacks career ends with Schugel allowing 13 runs over nine innings on 17 hits and five walks, striking out five: eight runs were unearned, giving him an ERA of five. By going to Seattle, it will put Schugel back under the control of Jerry Dipoto, who was also GM of Anaheim at the time of the Trumbo trade.