With J.J. Putz firmly ensconced as Mariners closer, Seattle finally found a taker for the inconsistent Eddie Guardado, someone with serious bullpen problems of their own. From the Seattle Times.

The Mariners traded reliever Eddie Guardado and what was described as “cash considerations” for right-handed pitcher Travis Chick (above) from the Cincinnati Reds.

“Eddie had some struggles early on this season that allowed some of our young guys to run the back of the game and they got that job and haven’t let go,” said M’s general manager Bill Bavasi. “We have options, such as triple-A pitcher Cesar Jimenez and double-A pitcher Mark Lowe, who can help our bullpen now. We’ve also acquired a prospect that on our grading system is at about the same level as Asdrubal Cabrera so we feel we’re replenishing our system, helping our club both now and in the future.”

Chick, 21, is 4-5, 4.61 in 16 starts with Class AA Chattanooga Lookouts. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound righty has allowed only 79 hits in 84 innings, while walking 36 and striking out 77. Chick has held opponents to a .249 average, including a .222 average vs. right-handers. Chick was traded to Cincinnati, along with RHP Justin Germano, in exchange for 3B Joe Randa on July 23, 2005. He entered the 2006 season ranked by Baseball America as the 10th-best prospect in the Reds organization.

Observes U.S.S. Mariner’s Dave, a proponent of shipping Guardado out of town,

Chick started his career with the Marlins, was traded to the Padres for Ismael Valdes and had the best 42 innings of his life after the deal, all in low-A ball. He™s never come close to matching that form, and the Padres didn™t really mind giving him to Cincinatti this year.

Chick™s a sinker-slider guy without enough stuff to miss bats more than occassionally. He™s an arm with some potential, but less promising than a guy like Yorman Bazardo was last year. More than likely, he™s a guy who will be a Triple-A arm, maybe find a spot in the bullpen for a few years.

Basically, the M™s gave away Eddie Guardado.

Cincy should have a locker ready for Steady Eddie ASAP ; Reds reliever Bryan Shackleford was arrested this morning in Milwaukee on suspicion of third-degree sexual assault. There’s no truth to the rumor Pat Gillick would like to see Shackleford in a Phillies uniform in time for tonight’s San Diego/Philadelphia game.

They’re in the top of the 11th at RFK, where the Marlins and Nationals are tied at 7. After Livan Hernandez (above) spotted the Fish a 7 run lead, 5 DC hurlers have combined to hold Florida scoreless over the subsequent 8 innings. Former Met Mike Jacobs hit a 2-run HR off Hernandez in the 2nd, while Nick Johnson is 2 for 5 with 2 RBI’s for Washington.