The Seattle Mariners have traded veteran right-handed relief pitcher Mark Lowe to the Toronto Blue Jays for three prospects.
Lowe, 32, has been one of the Mariners’ most reliable bullpen options in 2015, posting a 1.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 47 strikeouts and 12 holds in 34 appearances (36 innings pitched).
The Mariners acquired Triple-A pitcher Rob Rasmussen and rookie-level pitchers Nick Wells and Jake Brentz in the deal. All three pitchers are left-handed.
Rasmussen, 26, has appeared in 11 MLB games since last season. He had a 2.92 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 14 strikeouts over 12 1/3 innings as a Blue Jay.
Wells, 19, was a third-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, while the 20-year-old Brentz was an 11th-round selection in 2013.
The trade ends a surprisingly successful second stint with the Mariners for Lowe, who spent the first 4 1/2 seasons of his 10-year career with Seattle.
It’s the second trade in as many days for the Mariners, who shipped outfielder Dustin Ackley to the New York Yankees for a pair of prospects Thursday.
The MLB trade deadline is 1 p.m. Friday.
The Mariners also announced Friday afternoon that they have recalled first baseman Jesus Montero and middle infielder Ketel Marte from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned middle infielder Chris Taylor to the Rainiers. One move fills Ackley’s spot on the active roster, but a corresponding move has yet to come to account for Lowe’s spot.
Marte, 21, will be making his MLB debut and will likely fill in at second base for Robinson Cano, who has missed two games with an abdominal strain. He was a 2015 MLB Futures Game participant and has hit .314 with three home runs, 20 stolen bases, 29 RBIs and 41 runs scored in 65 games with Tacoma this year.
Montero, 25, returns for his second stint with the Mariners this season. He was 3 for 10 in five games earlier this month with Seattle. With the Rainiers, he has a .346 average, 16 home runs and 75 RBIs in 93 games.
Taylor, 24, has hit .170 in a pair of short stays with Seattle this season.