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Seattle Mariners claim Jacob Nottingham off waivers from Milwaukee Brewers

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The Milwaukee Brewers designated Jacob Nottingham for assignment on April 22nd, and today his fate was learned when the Mariners announced that they had claimed the 26 year old backstop off of waivers. Nottingham arrived as a prized prospect in the trade that sent Khris Davis to Oakland prior to the 2016 season, but his promising offensive numbers in the lower minors did not continue as he ascended up the ladder. Nottingham did improve his defensive prowess dramatically, however, and debuted with the Brewers in 2018. During parts of three MLB seasons, he totaled 85 plate appearances and hit .203/.306/.432 with five home runs for a 95 OPS+, although with a 35% strikeout rate. As someone who now profiles best as a "backup catcher with pop," Nottingham could be in line for some legitimate playing time in Seattle as both their current catchers Luis Torrens and Tom Murphy have struggled this year. (Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference)