The Diamondbacks have acquired a 2017-18 international bonus slot from the Mariners, as per press releases from both teams. Seattle will get minor league right-hander Edwin Quezada back on their end of the swap. The amount of money changing hands isn’t yet known, though international pool money can only be dealt in $250K increments.
The Mariners actively looked to add to their bonus pool during the current international signing period as the team pursued Shohei Ohtani. The M’s added roughly $2.5MM in additional international funds in trades with the Marlins, Twins, and White Sox over the offseason, though once Ohtani chose to sign with the Angels, the Mariners reversed course and began to unload some of that excess cash. GM Jerry Dipoto added two arms to the system in the form of southpaw Anthony Misiewicz (while sending $1MM in pool money to the Rays) and right-hander Shawn Armstrong from the Indians for $500K, and now the Mariners have added another pitcher in Quezada.
The 21-year-old was signed out of the Dominican Republic last year and he made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, posting a 1.74 ERA, 2.71 K/BB rate, and 46 strikeouts over 41 1/3 innings of work. Quezada appeared as a reliever in 12 of 15 games.