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01/28/2009 1:04 PM ET
Mariners Acquire LHP Garrett Olson, INF Ronny Cedeno From Cubs
Seattle sends RHP Aaron Heilman to Chicago
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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik today announced that the club has acquired left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson and infielder Ronny Cedeno from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-handed pitcher Aaron Heilman.

"This is a trade that just fit," Zduriencik said. "Our number-one goal is to continue to accumulate talent in our organization while doing everything we can to compete in 2009. Today's trade allows us to acquire a young, left-handed starting pitcher with Major League experience that we will still control for five seasons. At the same time, by adding Cedeno we have a player who is very versatile and gives us protection and depth, and can compete for a job at second base and shortstop immediately. Finally, I want to thank Aaron for his professionalism. We were excited to acquire him, and sorry to trade him, but I felt this was a deal that we couldn't pass up."

Olson, 25, ranked fourth among American League rookies in starts (26), fifth in wins (9) & innings pitched (132.2) and was sixth in strikeouts (83) last season. He was 5-1 with a 3.86 earned run average (44.1 IP, 19 ER) in his first eight big league starts with Baltimore after being recalled on April 29, 2008. His best outing was in Seattle on Aug. 1, when he tossed a career-best 8.1 innings and allowed three earned runs.

He finished the 2008 season with a 9-10, 6.65 record in 26 starts, allowing 98 earned runs in 132.2 innings pitched while striking out 83. Olson started the 2008 season at AAA Norfolk where he was 1-1, 1.85 (24.1 IP, 5 ER) in his first five starts. He returned to Norfolk on August 20, making a final two starts.

Olson, a 6-foot-1, 204-pound left-hander made his Major League debut in 2007, starting 7 games for the Orioles and posting a 1-3, 7.79 mark. In his big league career, he's a combined 10-13, 6.87 in 33 starts (165.0 IP, 126 ER). Olson was the Orioles second selection (a "sandwich" pick between the first and second rounds) of the 2005 June Draft, the 48th overall selection out of Cal Poly. He has a minor league career mark of 12-10, 2.96 (383.2 IP, 126 ER) in 71 games, 66 starts, with 380 strikeouts in 383.2 innings pitched.

Cedeno, who turns 26 on Feb. 2, batted .269 (58-for-216) with 12 doubles, 2 home runs and 28 RBI in 99 games for the Cubs in 2008. He saw action at five different positions in the field, including 43 appearances (31 starts) at second base, 27 appearances (20 starts) at shortstop, 7 games at third base and 1 game apiece in left field and center field. The right-handed hitting Cedeno has played all or part of the last four seasons with the Cubs, batting .252 (228-for-904) with 13 home runs and 88 RBI in 329 career Major League contests.

Cedeno made his Major League debut with Chicago in 2005 at the age of 22. He played in 151 games for the Cubs in 2006 before splitting the 2007 season between Chicago and Triple-A Iowa. He spent the entire 2008 campaign at the big league level.

Heilman, 30, went 3-8 with a 5.21 ERA (44 ER, 76.0 IP) in 78 relief appearances with the New York Mets last season. He was acquired by Seattle on Dec. 10, 2008 in a three-team, 12-player trade.

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