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A year after no-hitter, Giants trade Heston to Mariners

December 8, 2016
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 file photo, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Heston throws to the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. A person with knowledge of the talks says the San Francisco Giants have agreed to trade right-hander Chris Heston to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 file photo, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Heston throws to the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. A person with knowledge of the talks says the San Francisco Giants have agreed to trade right-hander Chris Heston to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Right-hander Chris Heston has been traded from the San Francisco Giants to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named.

The Giants did not have a spot for the 28-year-old in their rotation featuring Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Matt Moore and Matt Cain. Seattle’s need for additional rotation depth made the Mariners a perfect partner.

After going 12-11 as a rookie in 2015 and no-hitting the Mets on June 9 that year, Heston spent most of this season in the minors, making just four appearances for San Francisco. He went 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA in five innings of relief.

Heston showed enough as a rookie for Seattle to view him as a worthwhile option for its starting staff. The Mariners’ rotation was thinned significantly when they traded Taijuan Walker to Arizona last month in a deal that brought back shortstop Jean Segura. Segura filled a crucial hole, but his acquisition came at a significant cost in Walker.