CHICAGO -- The D-backs acquired an additional arm for the bullpen Wednesday, landing right-hander Matt Andriese from the Rays in exchange for Minor Leaguers Michael Perez and Brian Shaffer.Andriese, who will turn 29 next month, fits the profile of the typical player general manager Mike Hazen likes to acquire --
CHICAGO -- The D-backs acquired an additional arm for the bullpen Wednesday, landing right-hander Matt Andriese from the Rays in exchange for Minor Leaguers Michael Perez and Brian Shaffer.
Andriese, who will turn 29 next month, fits the profile of the typical player general manager Mike Hazen likes to acquire -- one that is under club control going forward.
Andriese is eligible for salary arbitration after this season, so the D-backs will have him under control through 2021.
"It's multiple years of control after this year, so this is both a short- and long-term move for us," Hazen said.
Over his four-year career, Andriese is 19-22 with a 4.30 ERA over 99 games, including 48 starts.
For right now, the D-backs plan to use him in the relief role that was occupied by veteran Randall Delgado, who was designated for assignment after the trade was made.
When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.
"We're not ruling out the opportunity to start in the future, wherever the future may be," Hazen said of Andriese. "But right now, we're looking at the bullpen."
This year, Andriese is 3-4 with a 4.07 ERA in 59 2/3 innings over 27 outings, including four starts.
"He's got good stuff," Hazen said. "He's consistently gotten outs, he makes good pitches, he's got some swing-and-miss to his stuff. We've always really liked him as a pitcher."
As for who they gave up, Shaffer, a right-handed pitcher, was Arizona's No. 23 prospect, per MLB Pipeline. The 21-year-old is 7-5 with a 2.70 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 19 starts for Class A Kane County this year, his second professional season. Scouting reports suggest that he has low-to-mid-90s fastball velocity, but that it offers sink that could play at the next level.
Perez, 25, has been touted for his defensive prowess behind the dish and his ability to hit right-handed pitching. He's thrown out 34.8 percent of basestealers this year, and is batting .284/.342/.417 (62-for-218) with nine doubles, six homers and 29 RBIs in 58 games for Triple-A Reno. A fifth-round selection by the D-backs in 2011, Perez is a career .246/.321/.396 hitter over 572 games across eight Minor League seasons.
"We liked both guys," Hazen said. "Michael has done a really good job at Triple-A for us this year, [but] we have three catchers at the Major League level at this time, we have other guys at Triple-A. We felt like Michael was probably likely a [40-man roster] add for us in the offseason, so we were going to have him, but Tampa had identified him as somebody that might work in a context like this.
"We drafted Brian last year, and he's had a really good year for us in Kane County, and we liked him, too. He's a right-handed pitcher, puts the ball on the ground."
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.