Mariners Land Mark Trumbo in 6-Player Trade
The Arizona Diamondbacks apparently felt they had too much power on offense. Per reports, the D’Backs sent outfielder Mark Trumbo packing via a six-player trade with the Seattle Mariners.
The 29-year old Trumbo wasn’t a very likely trade candidate, as he was a key part of a very potent Arizona offense. Trumbo was enjoying yet another solid season, as he was adding to his 118 career home runs with a decent .257 batting average and another nine dingers. As good as Trumbo was, he was made expendable due to a deep roster of offensive talent in Arizona.
Seattle came calling in search for some hitting and they found Trumbo, as well as pitcher Vidal Nuno. The 27-year old lefty is largely a throw-in, but the Mariners could get something out of the lefty down the road and he figures to at least be solid depth for the pitching rotation. It’s a solid move by the Mariners, who are just 24-29 and badly need more production out of their offense (just 194 runs scored thus far) to try to work their way up in the brutal AL West.
The Mariners had to give up a decent haul to land Trumbo, as they reportedly gave up catcher Welington Castillo, pitcher Dominic Leone, infielder Jack Reinheimer and outfielder Gabby Guerrero.
Castillo could be an interesting piece to the puzzle for the Diamondbacks, as they badly needed depth at catcher and could ask him to start right away. The Diamondbacks have experienced several injuries over the course of the season, so there’s a decent chance they could end up kicking the tires on Reinheimer and Guerrero, as well. Leone has had a rough go of it in 2015 (0-4) but at 23 years old is an interesting talent for Arizona to groom going forward.
Overall, this move isn’t going to push the D’Backs up much in a very tough NL West, but they needed fresh bodies with some upside and that’s exactly what they got. Trumbo is a big loss in terms of a reliable guy that can produce, but Arizona shouldn’t feel his absence too much offensively and he could dramatically help a shaky Seattle offense. Neither team changed their playoff fortunes with this move, but it’s arguable both took a small step in the right direction.
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