Overton spent much of the 2017 season shuttling between Triple-A and the majors, but the Mariners ultimately designated him for assignment after he found little success at either level. The Padres will take a chance on the right-hander, who managed to produce a solid 3.29 ERA in 125.2 innings as a starter at the Triple-A level last season. He'll likely continue to develop as a starter in the minors, although it wouldn't be too surprising to see him work his way to the big leagues once again, given the plethora of injuries plaguing San Diego at the moment.
After failing to impress in long relief during his nine appearances with the Mariners earlier this season, Overton was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma in late May. He wasn't able to find much success in the minors either, delivering a 9.86 over his last five starts with Tacoma before the Mariners decided to drop him from the 40-man roster. if Overton isn't traded or goes unclaimed off waivers in the coming days, he'll likely stick around with Tacoma and provide some pitching depth.
Overton was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
With Chris Heston being recalled to start Sunday's game against the White Sox, Overton will return to Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move. The 25-year-old posted a 6.38 ERA over one start and eight relief appearances with the Mariners. He's a definite candidate to return to the big-league club in the future.
Overton allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking one and striking out two over 3.1 innings for a no-decision against the Rangers on Sunday.
With Seattle's rotation banged up right now, Overton received the call against Texas and delivered, although he didn't last very long. It was his first start after tossing 7.1 innings in relief this season, and he's unlikely to make more than just a handful of starts as a temporary rotation replacement. Overton's career numbers before this start (5.8 K/9 and 10.23 ERA in 31.2 innings) don't hint at much future success.
Manager Scott Servais said that Overton will start Sunday's game against the Rangers, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Overton was expected to fill the role unless he was used out of the bullpen in Saturday's contest, but after not appearing in that one, he'll ready himself for his first start of the season. He'll face off against Texas' right-hander Andrew Cashner.
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