The swappin’ Seattle Mariners were at it again yesterday, making a five-player deal with division rival Texas.
Seattle sent Tom Wilhelmsen, James Jones, and a player to be named later to the Rangers for center fielder Leonys Martin and reliever Anthony Bass.
This rare in-division deal appears to help both clubs. The Mariners needed a center fielder who can play superior defense, and the Rangers needed bullpen help.
What we lose in Tacoma is a fun-to-watch player in James Jones.
Jones hit .272 with one homer for the Rainiers last year – that wasn’t the fun-to-watch part. The fun began when he reached base. Jones stole 25 bases in just 72 games for the Rainiers in 2015, and he was thrown out only four times. He also hit seven triples, and triples are always fun.
We’ll miss Jones and his big smile in the Tacoma dugout. Hopefully he’ll get a chance to stick in the big leagues with the Rangers.
- Here’s the news story on the trade, with comments from general manager Jerry Dipoto.
- For subscribers, Baseball Prospectus has an analysis of the trade.
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