Dealin’ Dipoto was at it again, making two deals since early yesterday afternoon when I hit “publish” on the blog.
Last night he added right-handed reliever Evan Scribner from the Oakland A’s, giving up bullpen prospect Trey Cochran-Gill to get him.
Scribner is known for his curveball, which he has used often against the Rainiers while with Sacramento. Last year he spent the entire season in the majors with Oakland, posting a 4.35 ERA with some wild stats: in 60 innings he struck out 64 batters and walked only four. Four walks! But… he allowed 14 home runs. Should be noted that the 14 home runs were completely out of line with his career stats prior to 2015.
Cochran-Gill was a Mariners 17th round draft pick in 2014 out of Auburn. He pitched in one game for Tacoma last year, as a fill-in from the low minors when the Rainiers were short in the bullpen because of roster moves. Afterw his one Rainiers game he struggled with his control during an extended look at Double-A Jackson.
This morning the Mariners acquired the first baseman they were looking for: Adam Lind, from the Milwaukee Brewers.
Lind, 30, is a left-handed power hitter with one year left on his contract. He hit .277 with 20 homers and 87 RBI last year, while chipping in 32 doubles. He also posted a strong .360 on-base percentage and an .820 OPS.
Lind will play often for Seattle, though there may be an opening for Jesus Montero to make starts against left-handed pitchers. There has been some talk about that from Dipoto during his Nashville media briefings.
To get Lind, the Mariners gave up three teenage pitchers whom I know very little about: Carlos Herrera (18, played in Dominican Summer League last year), Daniel Missaki (19, was off to a good start for Low-A Clinton before needing Tommy John surgery), and Freddy Peralta (19, played in Arizona Rookie League last two years).
The Mariners had to make room for Lind on the 40-man roster, so they designated Andy Wilkins for assignment. Wilkins was just claimed off waivers exactly one week ago and now he can be claimed by any of the other 29 teams.
- We have stories on the Adam Lind trade from The News Tribune and the Seattle Times.
- If you want more on the teenage pitchers the Mariners gave up in the Lind trade, Baseball America has the lowdown.
- The Mariners are bringing Danny Hultzen to spring training camp as a reliever this year. That should result in less wear-and-tear on his surgically repaired shoulder.
- Bob Dutton has a Mariners Notebook which he filed last night.
- Ryan Divish’s Winter Meetings Day Three rolling blog post is right here.
- Greg Johns has updated his handy Dipoto Transactions Log – God bless you, Greg – and from it we learn that Dipoto has made a trade on each day of the Winter Meetings, and on five of the last eight days overall.
- Here’s a look at the Baseball Trade Show from MiLB.com’s Benjamin Hill. My new No. 1 goal for 2016 is to not be calling any games in which “Bucket Ruckus” is the entertainment act. Sheesh.
- Expanded protective netting is coming to major league ballparks. Expect the minors to follow suit – the fans are even closer in our parks.
The meetings wrap up with the Rule 5 Draft tomorrow morning.