Pazos has been traded to the Rockies, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
The left-handed reliever has been shipped to Colorado from Philadelphia for Low-A Asheville infielder Hunter Stovall, and will be added to the Rockies' 40-man roster. Pazos had a 2.88 ERA in 50 innings of work at the big-league level for the Mariners last year and had appeared in seven games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.
Pazos was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Wednesday.
Pazos recorded a strong 2.88 ERA in 50 innings for the Mariners last season but failed to break into the Phillies' bullpen in camp. After allowing six runs (five earned) with a 4:7 K:BB in 7.1 frames for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, he's been removed from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for Sean Rodriguez.
Pazos was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Pazos had a strong 2.88 ERA for the Mariners last season but was crowded out in a deep Phillies bullpen. The team will likely rotate through its relievers who have options this season, so expect Pazos to return periodically throughout the year.
Pazos was traded with shortstop Jean Segura and pitcher Juan Nicasio from the Mariners to the Phillies in exchange for first baseman Carlos Santana and shortstop J.P. Crawford on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The southpaw was a solid piece in the Mariners' bullpen last season, producing a 2.88 ERA and 19 holds. His 8.1 K/9 left a bit to be desired, but he counteracted it with a career-best 2.7 BB/9. Pazos figures to act as the top left-handed reliever for his new team, though his relatively low strikeout rate and his 4.74 ERA away from Safeco Field last season limit his fantasy appeal.
Pazos was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
Pazos was a reliable bullpen piece for the Mariners -- 2.68 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over 40.1 innings -- but was demoted to Tacoma in mid-August as the team reshuffled its roster. The 27-year-old recorded 17 holds before he was sent down and could regain a similar role for the final month of the season.
The Mariners optioned Pazos to Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday.
Pazos has been dependable this season while working in a setup role in front of closer Edwin Diaz, recording 17 holds to go with a 2.68 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 40.1 innings. Rather than out of any dissatisfaction with Pazos' performances, the Mariners likely sent him to Triple-A strictly to clear a roster spot for Roenis Elias (triceps), who returns from the 10-day disabled list to start Sunday against the Dodgers.
Pazos earned his 16th hold in a win over the White Sox on Sunday with a scoreless one-third of an inning. He's now earned six holds and one victory over his last nine appearances.
The one stumble for Pazos during that stretch was a big one, as he allowed three earned runs over two-thirds of an inning to the Rockies in Coors Field on July 13. He hasn't given up any runs otherwise in that span, helping lead to an impressive .185 BAA and .199 wOBA allowed over 7.1 innings. It's the latest example of the improvement Pazos has demonstrated this season, a campaign in which his ERA (2.43), WHIP (1.02), holds (16) and BB/9 (1.35) are all at career-best levels.
Pazos, who fired a scoreless eighth inning in which he allowed a hit and a walk in a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday, now has a 1.13 ERA over the eight innings covering his last 12 appearances.
The 27-year-old southpaw has pitched to some contact (10 hits) during that span, but he's been able to limit the damage to just one earned run. Pazos currently sports a career-best 1.48 ERA and 0.99 WHIP, with both numbers representing significant improvements over last season's respective 3.86 and 1.40 figures. The considerably sharper location Pazos has demonstrated has been one of the more notable aspects of his 2018 body of work thus far, as he's lowered his BB/9 from last season's bloated 4.02 to a minuscule 0.74 over 24.1 frames.
Pazos (1-1) allowed an earned run on two hits over one-third of an inning in a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday. He also recorded a strikeout.
Asked to preserve a scoreless tie entering the eighth, the normally reliable Pazos failed to deliver. After allowing the first two hitters he faced to reach safely, Pazos was able to bounce back and retire Ronald Guzman on a swinging strikeout before getting the hook. However, the run which crossed the plate on a subsequent double that Nick Vincent allowed to Delino DeShields went on Pazos' ledger, snapping his streak of 12 scoreless appearances. Notably, Pazos had recently dealt with food poisoning, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports, but it's unknown if that played a part in his struggles against the Rangers.
Pazos (1-0) fired a scoreless seventh inning in a win over the Twins on Monday, allowing one hit.
Pazos lowered his ERA to 1.17 with his 12th consecutive scoreless appearance. The 27-year-old southpaw has vastly improved his control over last season, lowering his BB/9 from 4.0 to a minuscule 0.6 over his first 15.1 innings. He's nearly sliced his WHIP in half from 1.40 to 0.72.
Pazos fired a perfect eighth inning in a win over the Blue Jays on Thursday, recording a strikeout.
The hard-throwing lefty walked into a no-out, bases-loaded situation in the eighth and limited the damage to one run by retiring Yangervis Solarte on a double play and mowing down Teoscar Hernandez on a swinging strikeout. Pazos needed only nine pitches to snuff out the threat, lowering his ERA and WHIP to 1.35 and 0.75, respectively. The 27-year-old's scoreless streak is at 10 appearances, and he now boasts a sparkling 15:1 K:BB over his 13.1 innings.
Pazos notched his third hold in a win over the Athletics on Thursday.
The hard-throwing lefty has all three of his holds in the last four appearances. Pazos has allowed just one hit over the 3.1 innings encompassing those outings while compiling a 4:0 K:BB. The 26-year-old sports a sparkling 1.59 ERA and 0.79 WHIP overall across 10 appearances, marked improvements over his respective 3.86 and 1.40 figures in those categories in 2017.
Pazos logged his second hold in Sunday's win over the Indians, allowing a hit over a scoreless two-thirds of an inning. He also recorded a strikeout.
Pazos has now recorded at least one strikeout in five straight outings, and he last allowed a run April 7. The 26-year-old southpaw has whittled his ERA to an impressive 1.69, and he's notched both of his holds over the last three appearances.
Pazos notched his first hold in a win over the White Sox on Wednesday, firing a scoreless seventh inning and recording a strikeout.
Pazos' increasingly improved control continues to be a pleasant surprise, as he's issued just one free pass over nine innings this season. The 26-year-old southpaw has five straight scoreless efforts as well, whittling his ERA down from 9.00 to 2.00 in the process.
Pazos fired 2.2 scoreless innings in a loss to the Rangers on Sunday, allowing a hit while recording two strikeouts.
Pazos gave manager Scott Servais some valuable innings after the debuting Erasmo Ramirez couldn't make it out of the fifth inning. After allowing an earned run in each of his first two trips to the mound this season, Pazos has settled in and put together six scoreless innings over his subsequent four appearances. Just as encouraging, after generating a 4.0 BB/9 in 59 appearances last season, the hard-throwing southpaw hasn't allowed a walk in five straight outings.
Pazos fired a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in a 2-1 loss to the Athletics on Sunday. He also hit a batter.
One pitch was all it took for Pazos to dispose of Bruce Maxwell on an inning-ending double play in the seventh, escaping a two-on, one-out jam he inherited from starter Felix Hernandez. However, he promptly plunked Matt Joyce to open the eighth and then gave way to Chasen Bradford, resulting in his shortest outing over his first four appearances. Control issues have been an albatross for the hard-throwing southpaw during his young career, but he's encouragingly issued just one free pass across an admittedly modest sample of 3.2 innings thus far this season.
Pazos allowed an earned run on two hits over an inning Saturday in the Mariners' 11-4 win over the Twins. He struck out two.
It was only the 26-year-old southpaw's second appearance of the season, with the first having come three days prior. Pazos has allowed an earned run in each while also racking up multiple strikeouts, a fitting microcosm of his overall profile. Blessed with a mid-90s fastball, Pazos' spotty control and penchant for giving up the long ball nevertheless have lent a bit of feast-or-famine quality to his game over his first three-plus seasons.
Pazos notched his fifth hold of spring in Wednesday's 7-4 Cactus League win over the Brewers, allowing one hit and recording two strikeouts over 1.1 scoreless innings.
He exhibited plenty of both strikeout upside and control issues during his 59-appearance stint in 2017, and nothing's really changed over his 9.2 spring innings. Pazos is likely to see plenty of work again in 2018 as one of the few projected lefty bullpen options for manager Scott Servais, and his already-solid fantasy value would likely see a nice bump if he can put some kind of dent in last season's bloated 4.02 BB/9.
Pazos was credited with his ninth hold in Wednesday's 8-1 win over the Rangers, firing a scoreless two-thirds of an inning and recording a strikeout.
The hard-throwing lefty needed just five pitches, all which he threw for strikes, to get two outs and log his second hold in the last three outings. After some ups and downs earlier in the season, Pazos has settled down since Aug. 1, surrendering just two runs (one earned) over the 12.1 innings encompassing 13 appearances and racking up a 16:5 K:BB.
Pazos allowed an earned run on two hits over an inning in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Orioles. He also recorded a strikeout.
Despite allowing a solo home run to Welington Castillo in Tuesday's appearance, Pazos has enjoyed his best stretch of the season in August. The 26-year-old southpaw has a 2-1 record, 0.90 ERA and 11:4 K:BB in 11 innings during the month, lowering his ERA from 4.12 to 3.47 in the process.
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