Altavilla and the Padres reached a one-year, $850,000 deal Friday.
Altavilla and San Diego won't require an arbiter during the offseason after agreeing to a one-year contract Friday. The right-hander was included on the team's NLDS roster in 2020 after he was acquired by the Padres at the trade deadline. He should take on a middle-relief role in 2021 after posting a 5.75 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over 20.1 innings with the Mariners and Padres during the shortened 2020 campaign.
Altavilla was added to the Padres' 28-man roster for the NLDS on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old appeared in nine games after being acquired by the Padres at the trade deadline and allowed three runs on six hits with a 10:5 K:BB over 8.2 innings. Altavilla could very well see the mound despite just being added to the playoff roster, as it's all hands on deck for the Padres' bullpen with top-two starters Dinelson Lamet (biceps) and Mike Clevinger (elbow) sidelined.
Altavilla (1-3) took the loss Saturday, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks while striking out three over 1.1 innings versus the Mariners on Saturday.
Altavilla was responsible for a two-run double by Luis Torrens in the third inning, and the Padres were unable to get the reliever off the hook. The 28-year-old Altavilla began his Padres career with three straight scoreless outings, but he's now allowed three runs over his last two appearances. In 18 appearances between the Padres and the Mariners, the righty has a 7.02 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 16.2 innings.
Altavilla was traded from the Mariners to the Padres on Sunday in a trade involving several players, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Altavilla has been inconsistent out of the Mariners' bullpen to begin the season, but he'll join San Diego's strong bullpen as part of Sunday's blockbuster deal. The right-hander has made 13 appearances in Seattle this season, posting a 7.71 ERA and 14:7 K:BB over 11.2 innings while recording one save. He likely won't pitch in as many higher-leverage situations with the Padres given the team's depth in the back end of the bullpen.
Altavilla (1-2) was charged with the loss in a defeat at the hands of the Dodgers on Tuesday, allowing an earned run on one hit and two walks over one inning. He also recorded two strikeouts.
The right-hander came on in the eighth and was charged with preserving a 1-1 tie, but Altavilla saw matters unravel after recording two outs against the first three hitters he faced. Corey Seager's RBI single to right that plated Austin Barnes ultimately proved to be the deciding run in the contest and made Altavilla the pitcher of record. Factoring in Tuesday's stumble, Altavilla has allowed at least one run in four of nine appearances this season, although the gap between his 7.27 ERA and 4.41 FIP and his 25.0 percent strikeout rate suggests he has the potential to hit his stride at some point.
Altavilla allowed three earned runs on two hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning in a win over the Rockies on Sunday. He struck out one.
Altavilla's outing started out harmlessly enough when he retired the first two batters he faced, but he ultimately surrendered a two-run single to Matt Kemp after putting Garrett Hampson, Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon on. Altavilla was subsequently charged with an additional run after exiting for his second three-run outing over the last four appearances. Those are Altavilla's only hiccups thus far this season across six trips to the mound, but they've been enough to push his ERA to a bloated 9.53 across 5.2 innings.
Altavilla (1-1), who took the loss in a 3-2 defeat in extra innings at the hands of the Athletics on Saturday, is nevertheless a pitcher manager Scott Servais plans to rely on frequently during the late innings, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "He'll continue to get the ball late in games," Servais said. "Some days, it might be the ninth inning, other days, it might be the eighth, depending where we're at in their lineup and what matchup is best for him and for us."
Altavilla's stumble Saturday came even as he was exceedingly sharp, as he threw 11 of his 15 pitches for strikes. However, he allowed a ground-rule double to the pinch-hitting Robbie Grossman, which scored Tony Kemp from second in the 10th inning with what turned out to be the winning run. Altavilla's high-90s fastball and a slider he consistently hits 90-92 mph with is what makes him a good fit for high-leverage opportunities, and with Yoshihisa Hirano (illness) still working his way back into shape and Austin Adams (knee) not yet available either, the hard-throwing right-hander should continue seeing some late-inning work for the time being.
Altavilla recorded his first save in a win over the Angels on Wednesday, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout over a scoreless ninth inning.
Manager Scott Servais had talked about Altavilla as a candidate for ninth-inning work during summer camp, and Wednesday, the hard-throwing right-hander proved to be up to the task. Altavilla was relatively sharp while getting nine of 15 pitches into the strike zone and wiggling out of potential trouble by retiring Anthony Rendon and Shohei Ohtani after surrendering a one-out double to Mike Trout. Altavilla's already-impressive velocity is notably up through his first two appearances, as he's averaging 97.8 mph on his fastball, an uptick from last season's 96.6 mph. With projected closer Yoshihisa Hirano (illness) still in the process of building his arm back up in Arizona, Altavilla may be in line for more save chances in the short term.
Altavilla (1-0) fired one perfect inning to earn the win against the Astros on Sunday.
Altavilla was sharp in his one relief inning Sunday even though he didn't record any strikeouts, and he was rewarded with the win after the Mariners scored three runs in the next half-inning. Although he picked up a rare win against the Astros, Altavilla could see some save chances early in the season as the Mariners reportedly intend to use several pitchers in save situations.
Altavilla was identified by manager Scott Servais as a candidate for some closing opportunities with Yoshihisa Hirano (undisclosed) now on the injured list, although the Mariners skipper noted Wednesday he plans to utilize more than one pitcher in the ninth-inning role, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Altavilla had a rough Cactus League showing with a 7.20 ERA over five appearances, but he was still thought to have job security before expanded rosters had even been announced. The right-hander's high-90s fastball and strikeout rates north of 25.0 percent for each of the last three seasons are strong indicators he could thrive in high-leverage situations, and depending on the length of Hirano's absence, Altavilla could get some opportunities to improve his unsightly 0-for-8 tally in save chances over the first four seasons of his career.
Altavilla was projected to secure a bullpen spot on the Opening Day roster when spring training was suspended, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The right-handed reliever's Cactus League performance wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement, as he posted a 7.20 ERA and .304 BAA across five innings over five spring training appearances. Altavilla built up some equity during the 2016-18 seasons before struggling last year with a career-worst 5.52 ERA and .143 WHIP over 17 appearances. He also missed time with a forearm injury. Altavilla does boast plenty of swing-and-miss upside thanks to a high 90s fastball, one that's helped him generate a strikeout rate of 25.6 percent or better in each of the last three campaigns.
Altavilla allowed one unearned run on one hit with one strikeout in Wednesday's Cactus League win over the Reds.
The 27-year-old bounced between Triple-A Tacoma and the majors in 2019 and also missed some time with an elbow injury, but he was promoted for September and finished the year with a 5.52 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 14.2 frames. Yoshihisa Hirano is expected to work in a high-leverage role, but Seattle's bullpen jobs otherwise appear up for grabs. Altavilla flashed his potential with a 2.61 ERA and 1.26 WHIP and five holds in 22 appearances during 2018, and a strong showing in spring training could help solidify a late-inning role for this season.
Altavilla (2-1) was credited with the win in an extra-innings victory over the Orioles on Saturday, allowing a hit over a scoreless 12th inning. He did not issue a walk or record a strikeout.
Altavilla fired 21 pitches overall and successfully preserved a 6-6 tie, which enabled him to become the pitcher of record after Tim Lopes notched a go-ahead RBI infield single in the visitors' half of the 13th and Erik Swanson followed with his second save. Except for a three-run hiccup against the Reds on Sept. 12, Altavilla has been effective since returning from the injured list at the beginning of September, posting a 3.86 ERA and notching both of his wins on the season across eight appearances .
Altavilla (1-0) was credited with his first victory of the season in a win over the Reds on Tuesday, allowing a walk and recording a strikeout without surrendering a hit over a scoreless eighth inning.
Altavilla's first 2019 victory thus comes at the tail end of the campaign, although considering he missed nearly two months with a forearm issue, it's notable nonetheless. The right-hander had endured a couple of multi-run hiccups prior to his placement on the injured list in early July, but he's fired 3.2 scoreless, one-hit frames across four appearances since his return.
Altavilla (forearm) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Sunday. He worked around a base hit and a walk to deliver a scoreless sixth inning in relief in the Mariners' 11-3 win over the Rangers.
Altavilla was making his first appearance with the big club since July 5 after the forearm issue forced him to the injured list for the second time on the season. He'll look to prove his health over the final month of the campaign with the hope of securing a meaningful role in the Seattle bullpen heading into 2020.
Altavilla (forearm), who was charged with a loss and a blown save in his most recent rehab outing for Triple-A Tacoma, is nevertheless a likely candidate to join the Mariners when rosters expand Sunday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Altavilla's stumble versus Fresno on Monday consisted of the right-hander allowing four earned runs on a hit, a walk and a hit batsman over just one-third of an inning. However, those struggles are basically an outlier, considering Altavilla had allowed just one earned run over his first five rehab outings prior to his struggles against the Grizzlies. He'll likely be utilized as a middle reliever and setup option upon joining the big-league bullpen for the final month of the regular season.
Altavilla (forearm) fired a scoreless eighth inning during which he issued a walk and recorded two strikeouts in Triple-A Tacoma's loss to Salt Lake on Tuesday.
Altavilla continues to dominate at the Triple-A level in his rehab assignment, with Tuesday's outing qualifying as his third consecutive scoreless appearance with the Rainiers. Altavilla appears ready to head back to the big leagues at any time and could be a factor as a setup option for the Mariners down the stretch.
Altavilla (forearm) fired 1.1 scoreless innings in Triple-A Tacoma's win over Fresno on Saturday, allowing a hit while recording a strikeout.
It was just the latest impressive rehab outing for Altavilla, who appears to be ready for activation at any point moving forward. The right-hander reportedly hit the upper 90s with his fastball in Thursday's rehab appearance, and he fired 11 of 16 pitches for strikes Saturday in another razor-sharp outing. With two dominant turns at the level closest to the majors, Altavilla appears on track to beat the original projection of an early-September return.
Altavilla (forearm), who fired a scoreless inning for Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday during which he walked one and struck out two, saw his fastball clock in as high as 98 mph, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander may be on a slightly accelerated return timeline considering this report, even though he's logged just a pair of rehab appearances thus far. Altavilla has been progressively ramping up his activity level for some time now, however, so he may not need more than one additional minor-league outing before jumping back into action at the big-league level.
Altavilla (forearm) is moving his rehab assignment to Triple-A Tacoma, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Altavilla breezed through his first rehab outing with Low-A Everett on Sunday, and the Mariners have apparently decided a more stringent test is in order for his second appearance. The right-hander is still projected to remain in the minors for the remainder of August before possibly being activated when rosters expand in September.
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