New Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in his introductory press conference that he saw the trade market as the most likely way to improve the Mariners this offseason, and he wasn’t kidding.
After the six-player deal with Tampa last week, today Dipoto traded for veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit formerly of the San Diego Padres.
Seattle gave up two Class-A minor leaguers: intriguing starting pitcher prospect Enyel De Los Santos, and infielder Nelson Ward.
Benoit is 38-years-old but his track record over the last three years is amazingly consistent and highly successful. Here’s his major league stats page.
The bullpen was an area of much concern for Seattle last year. This should really help.
De Los Santos is the primary get for the Padres, a 19-year-old lottery ticket who is coming off a strong first season in the US after being signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2014. He split his season between the Arizona Rookie League and Everett, striking out 71 in 62 innings pitched. Could he come back to haunt the Mariners? I don’t know; roll the dice.
Ward looks like organizational depth at this point, a 23-year-old second baseman who hit .278 with a touch of power at Class-A.
The Mariners re-signed free agent outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year major league contract.
Guti had a terrific revival last season, becoming a powerful bench bat and fourth outfielder for the Mariners. This was after he started the season with Tacoma, coming off a year away from the game.
Because he signed a major league deal, Gutierrez won’t be in the Tacoma outfield picture. And this is a good thing – we’ve seen enough of him on various rehab assignments over the years. Here’s hoping a great comeback story continues in 2016.
- Fangraphs has what appears to be an exclusive interview with Jerry Dipoto. This interview goes more in-depth on his philosophy of building a team to fit Safeco Field.
- Here’s the news story on Franklin Gutierrez re-signing.
- For those who enjoy their gossip (my hand is raised), Bob Dutton has a recap of the latest Mariners trade rumors to come out of the General Manager’s meetings.
- Ryan Divish has a similar post at the Times.
- Larry Stone wrote that Ken Griffey Jr. deserves to be baseball’s first unanimous Hall Of Famer.
- The Mariners revealed the spring training schedule.
- The team officially announced the hiring of third base coach Manny Acta.
- The Mariners need outfielders, and Keith Law has a look at available outfielders (ESPN Insider access required).
- Former Mariners executive Tony Blengino posted his thoughts on the Brad Miller–Nathan Karns trade.
- I was both interested and amused by this story on a minor league free agent who can do only one thing: hit lots of singles.