The Mariners have claimed righty Walker Lockett off waivers from the Mets, as per a Mariners press release. New York designated Lockett for assignment earlier this week.
The long ball has plagued Lockett over his brief MLB tenure, as a 2.2 HR/9 over 45 2/3 career innings is largely responsible for the 8.28 ERA he has posted over parts of three seasons with the Mets and Padres. Lockett consistently posted strong ground-ball rates over his minor league career but has yet to translate that skill at the big league level, with just a modest 44.9% grounder rate in the Show.
Lockett is out of options, so Seattle will have to include him on its active roster or risk exposing him to the DFA wire once more. There’s little harm for the rebuilding Mariners in seeing if Lockett could fit into their future plans, as he has a solid track record as a starter in the minors and could also be potentially deployed for relief work.