Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto today announced from the Baseball Winter Meetings that the Mariners acquired first baseman Adam Lind from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league right-handed pitchers Carlos Herrera, Daniel Missaki and Freddy Peralta.
“Adam lengthens our line-up as a first baseman who gives us on-base percentage and power,” Dipoto said. “First base was a spot we came here looking to fill, and we feel that Adam is a good fit for us.”
Lind, 32, had a .360 on-base percentage to go along with a .460 slugging average (.820 OPS) last season, collecting 32 doubles, 20 home runs and 87 RBI in 149 games. He played 138 games (including 134 starts) at first base. Adam’s 66 walks were 7 more than any Mariners player in 2015 (N. Cruz, 59), while his on-base percentage would have ranked second on the team behind Cruz (.369).
Lind led the Brewers in games, doubles, RBI and walks, and produced his fifth career season of 20 or more homers. All 20 of his homers came off right-handed pitching. Adam hit .336 (44-for-131) with runners in scoring position last season.
Lind, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound left-handed hitter, has an .880 OPS against right-handers since 2009, and his .912 OPS against right-handers since 2013 is 12th-best in the Majors over the past three years.
Since making his Major League debut in 2006, Lind is a career .274 hitter with 228 doubles, 12 triples, 166 home runs and 606 RBI in 1,102 games with the Blue Jays (2006-2014) and Milwaukee (2015). His career on-base percentage is .332 to go along with a .466 slugging mark (.797 career OPS).
Herrera, 19, began professional career with the DSL Mariners-1 in 2015, going 4-2 with a 3.26 ERA (29 ER, 80.0 IP) in 14 starts. He limited opponents to a .228 (68×298) average, while walking 13 and striking out 73. He was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on July 21, 2014.
Missaki, 19, was limited to only 6 starts due to an injury with Single-A Clinton in 2015. He was placed on the 7-day disabled list on May 7 and underwent surgery to repair UCL in right elbow (Tommy John). Missaki was originally signed by Seattle as a non-drafted free agent on May 6, 2013. Over three seasons in the minor leagues he is 7-6 with a 3.41 ERA (40 ER, 106.0 IP) in 24 games, 20 starts.
Peralta, 19, went 2-3 with a 4.11 ERA (26 ER, 57.0 IP) in 11 games, 9 starts with the Mariners in the Arizona League. He limited opponents to a .242 (52×215) average, while walking 8 and striking out 67 in 57.0 innings. Peralta was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on April 18, 2013. Over parts of 3 minor leagues season he is 6-12 with a 3.58 ERA (65 ER, 163.1 IP) in 36 games, 31 starts.
To make room on the Major League, 40-man roster, the Mariners have designated infielder Andy Wilkins for assignment. Seattle has 10 days to trade, release or outright Wilkens to the minors.
With today’s transactions the Mariners 40-man roster remains at 40 players.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto today announced from the Baseball Winter Meetings that the Mariners acquired right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill.
With today’s transaction the Mariners 40-man, Major League roster is now full at 40 players.
“Evan brings us another experienced Major League reliever who has exhibited strong control of the strike zone as well as the ability to miss bats,” Dipoto said. “He’ll compete for a spot in our Major League bullpen.”
Scribner, 30, was 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA in a career-high 54 appearances for Oakland in 2015. He struck out 64 hitters in 60.0 innings pitched while walking just 4 (out of 238 batters faced). His 16-to-1 strikeout ration last season led all Major League relievers, as did his 0.60 walks per 9.0 innings pitched.
Scribner missed the month of September with a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle.
Scribner has pitched in the Majors for parts of five seasons with Oakland (2012-2015) and San Diego (2011). In his big league career, he is 5-2 with a 4.21 ERA in 125 relief appearances. He’s struck out 134 batters while walking only 27 in 147.2 innings pitched.
Cochran-Gill, 22 (turns 23 on Dec. 10), went 6-5 with 6 saves and 4.18 ERA in a 45 games, 1 start combined between Single-A Bakersfield, Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma in his first full season as a professional in 2015. He limited opponents to a .255 (70×275) average, while walking 37 and striking out 51 in 75.1 innings in relief. Cochran-Gill was originally selected by Seattle in the 17th round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Auburn University. Over 2014 and 2015 he has combined to go 11-5 with 18 saves and a 2.91 ERA (36 ER, 111.2 IP) in 70 games, 1 start.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has acquired infielder Luis Sardiñas from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Ramon Flores.
Sardiñas, 22, spent the majority of last season with AAA Colorado Springs, hitting .282 (110×390) with 51 runs, 17 doubles, 5 triples, 1 home run, 33 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 103 games. Appeared in 36 games with the Brewers, hitting .196 (19×97) with 8 runs, 1 triple and 4 RBI in two stints in the Majors (May 15-June 8 & Sept. 8-end of season). During his Major League career, has appeared defensively at second base (35 G, 22 GS), shortstop (27 G, 22 GS) and third base (10 G, 7 GS). In his minor league career, has appeared in games at shortstop (390 G, 384 GS) and second base (46 G, 41 GS).
The switch-hitter was rated as a Top-100 prospect by Baseball Prospectus & MLB.com in both 2013 & 2014. He entered the 2015 season as the 3rd-best prospect in the Brewers organization according to Baseball America after being acquired from Texas in the Yovani Gallardo trade on Jan. 19, 2015. In parts of two Major League seasons with Texas (2014) and Milwaukee (2015), has hit .231 (49×212) with 20 runs, 6 doubles, 1 triple and 12 RBI in 79 games. During his minor league career, has hit .288 (514×1786) with 281 runs, 76 doubles, 14 triples, 6 home runs and 161 RBI in 446 games in six seasons. He was originally signed by Texas as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2009
Flores, 23, was acquired from the New York Yankees along with RH Jose Ramirez in exchange for OF Dustin Ackley on July 30. With AAA Tacoma, he hit .423 (22×52) with 11 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 home runs, 7 RBI and 11 walks in 14 games before being placed on the minor league disabled list on Aug. 15 for the remainder of the season with a right fibular fracture. Prior to being acquired by Seattle, he hit .286 (79×276) with 43 runs scored with 11 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs, 34 RBI, 39 walks and 3 stolen bases in 73 game with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the International League. He appeared in 12 games with the Yankees, hitting .219 (7×32) with 3 runs and 1 double
Since Jerry Dipoto was hired as the Mariners General Manager, he’s been talking about having a more athletic team, especially in the vast Safeco Field outfield. Today’s trade with the Texas Rangers that brought Cuban centerfielder Leonys Martin did just that, it brought an athlete that can cover a tremendous amount of ground in the outfield.
“The addition of Martin gives us a premier defensive center fielder,” said Dipoto. “His athleticism and speed will be strong additions to our lineup as we continue to mold the roster.”
To give you an idea of Martin’s defensive prowess, over the last three seasons (2013-15), Martin ranks 4th in the Majors amongst center fielders in defensive runs saved (44) behind the Mets Juan Lagares (56), Royals Lorenzo Cain (49) and Astros Carlos Gomez (46).
To give you some background on Leonys, he defected from Cuba in the late summer of 2010 and established residency in Mexico before signing with the Texas organization. When he was still a free agent, he took part in the same workouts as Mariners lefty Roenis Elias as they were looking to latch on with a Major League organization. During his career in Cuba, he played five seasons with Villa Clara in the Serie Nacional Cuban League, where he hit .314 (417×1329) with 329 runs, 62 doubles, 1 triple and 38 home runs.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the Mariners have acquired right-handed relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit (wah-KEEN behn-WAH) from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Enyel De Los Santos and minor league infielder Nelson Ward.
“Joaquin is a proven late game presence who brings both stability and impact to the back end of our bullpen,” Dipoto said. “We value his experience, track record of durability and consistently high end performance.”
Benoit, 38, was 6-5 with 2 saves and a 2.34 ERA (17 ER, 65.1 IP) in 67 relief appearances for the San Diego Padres in 2015. He posted a WHIP (walks + hits / innings pitched) of 0.90 last season, following a 0.77 WHIP in 2014. Opposing hitters batted just .159 (36×226), and were held to a .242 on-base percentage while slugging just .305. Right-handers were just .144/.250/.221 (15-for-104), the lowest batting average against of any NL pitcher to have faced 100+ right-handed batters.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound right-hander is a veteran of 14 Major League seasons with Texas (2001-08), Tampa Bay (2010), Detroit (2011-13) and San Diego (2014-15). He has a combined record of 54-42 with 50 saves and a 3.84 ERA (414 ER, 970.1 IP). For his career, Benoit has limited opposing hitters to a .223 batting average against, including a .214 mark by left-handed hitters (.233 vs. RHH).
De Los Santos, 19, began his pro career by splitting last season between Rookie Peoria and Short-A Everett, going 6-0 with a 3.47 ERA (24 ER, 62.1 IP) in 13 starts. He combined to limit opponents to a .262 (61×233), while walking 18 and striking out 71. He went 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA (7 ER, 24.2 IP) in 5 starts with the AZL Mariners before being promoted to Everett on July 21 where he went 3-0 with a 4.06 ERA (17 ER, 37.2 IP) in 8 starts with the AquaSox. He averaged 10.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, including striking out a season-high 8 strikeouts in 4.1 innings on July 24 vs. Spokane.
Ward, 23, split the season between A Clinton and High-A Bakersfield, batting .278 (126×454) with 81 runs scored, 19 doubles, 13 triples, 9 home runs, 55 RBI, 4 HBP, 59 walks and 13 stolen bases in 122 games. He led all Mariners farmhands, while finishing T4th among all minor league players, with 13 triples. He appeared in 46 games with Clinton, batting .270 (44×163) with 27 runs scored, 7 doubles, 7 triples, 2 home runs, 16 RBI, 26 walks and 5 stolen bases before being promoted to Bakersfield where he hit .282 (82×291) with 54 runs scored, 12 doubles, 6 triples, 7 home runs, 39 RBI, 4 HBP, 33 walks and 8 stolen bases in 76 games.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that Seattle has completed a six-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. Seattle has acquired right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns, left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser and minor league outfielder Boog Powell in exchange for first baseman Logan Morrison, infielder/outfielder Brad Miller and right-handed pitcher Danny Farquhar.
“As I said when I was hired, we need to get more flexible, more athletic and build pitching depth,” Dipoto said. “This trade allows us to do all three. Powell brings speed, defense on on-base percentage to the table and could be ready to help us as soon as 2016, while Karns and Riefenhauser give us young, but experienced, pitching options”.
Karns, who turns 28 on Nov. 25, went 7-5 with a 3.67 ERA (60 ER, 147.0 IP) in 27 games, 26 starts with Tampa Bay in 2015. He limited opponents to a .239 (132×553) average, while walking 56 and striking out 145. Karns led all American League rookies in innings pitched (147.0 IP), strikeouts (145) and game starts (26), while his 7 wins were tied for 5th-most. Among A.L. rookies with at least 100.0 innings pitched, he ranked 3rd in ERA and 2nd in opponent batting average (.239).
Karns was originally selected by Washington in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University. He made his Major League debut with the Nationals on May 28, 2013 vs. Baltimore, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits over 4.1 innings, but did not factor into the team’s 9-3 win. Karns was acquired by the Rays from the Nationals in exchange for C Jose Lobaton, LHP Felipe Rivero and OF Drew Vettleson on February 13, 2014. In parts of three Major League seasons, Karns is 8-7 with a 4.00 ERA (76 ER, 171.0) in 32 games, 31 starts with Washington (2013) and Tampa Bay (2014-15).
Riefenhauser, 25, made 17 appearances over four separate stints with the Rays in 2015, combining for a 1-0, 5.52 mark, all in relief. In his final 11 appearances (Sept. 1-end of season) he posted a 2.16 ERA (2 ER, 8.1 IP), closing the season with a career-high 7 consecutive scoreless appearances. Overall, he was with Tampa Bay April 17-May 28 (including a stint on the 15-day DL April 23-May 28 with left shoulder inflammation), June 12-17, July 1-4 and September 1 – end of season. He appeared in 29 games (all in relief) with AAA Durham, posting a 4-2, 2.86 mark with 1 save (11 ER, 34.2 IP).
Riefenhauser was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 20th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut with the Rays on April 19, 2014 vs. the Yankees, retiring all four batters faced. Overall in two seasons with Tampa, he was 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA (14 ER, 20.0 IP) in 24 relief appearances. Riefenhauser went 30-23 with a 2.77 ERA (138 ER, 448.0 IP) in 191 games, 42 starts over 6 seasons in the minor leagues.
Powell, 22, hit .295 (131×444) with 66 runs scored, 16 doubles, 9 triples, 3 home runs, 40 RBI, 61 walks, 18 stolen bases and a .385 on-base percentage combined between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham in 2015. Powell began the season with Montgomery and was named to the 2015 Southern League All-Star team. Overall with the Biscuits, he hit .328 (78×238) with 44 runs scored, 6 doubles, 6 triples, 1 home run, 22 RBI, 29 walks, 11 stolen bases and a .408 on-base percentage in 61 games. At the time of his promotion to Durham on June 26, Powell ranked among the Southern League leaders in average (3rd, .328), hits (3rd, 78), runs scored, (T3rd, 44) and on-base percentage (4th, .408). Over 56 games with Durham, Powell hit .257 (53×206) with 22 run scored, 10 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs and 18 RBI.
Powell was originally selected by Oakland in the 20th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Orange Coast College. He was traded from the Athletics along with C John Jaso, INF Daniel Roberson and cash considerations to Tampa Bay in in exchange for SS Yunel Escobar and INF/OF Ben Zobrist on January 10, 2015. Over four seasons in the minor leagues, he batted .308 (333×1082) with 170 runs scored, 34 doubles, 17 triples, 6 home runs, 95 RBI, 163 walks and 53 stolen bases in 294 games. In his career has a .401 on-base percentage, including a .451 on-base percentage in 2014 that was 2nd-best in the minor leagues.
Farquhar, 28, was 1-8, 5.12 ERA (29 ER, 51.0 IP) with 1 save in 43 games over five separate stints with Seattle in 2015. In his three-year (2013-2105) career with Seattle, Farquhar was 4-12, 3.85 ERA (76 ER, 177.2 IP) with 18 saves in 155 games. He has also appeared in the Majors with Toronto (2011), and has a career MLB mark of 4-12, 3.96 ERA (79 ER, 179.2 IP) with 18 saves in 158 games.
Miller, 26, hit .258 (113×438) with 44 runs, 22 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs and 46 RBI in 144 games in 2015. He appeared in games at shortstop, center field, left field, right field, second base and third base. Originally a second round pick by the Mariners in the 2011 draft, Miller appeared in 343 games with Seattle over the past three (2013-2015) seasons, batting a combined .248 (275×1111) with 48 doubles, 14 triples, 29 home runs and 118 RBI.
Morrison, 28, hit .225 (103×457) with 47 runs, 15 doubles, 3 triples, 17 home runs and 54 RBI in 146 games this season, appearing in 140 games (115 starts) at first base, 3 games (1 start) in right field & 1 start in left field. In two seasons with Seattle, he hit .241 (191×793) with 88 runs, 35 doubles, 3 triples, 28 home runs and 92 RBI in 245 games. In six Major League seasons with Miami (2010-13) & Seattle (2014-15), he has hit .246 (513×2088) with 247 runs, 108 doubles, 19 triples, 70 home runs and 254 RBI in 608 games.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced the club has acquired outfielder Ramon Flores and right-handed pitcher Jose Ramirez from the New York Yankees in exchange for outfielder Dustin Ackley.
- Ramon Flores, OF, acquired from New York (AL)
- Jose Ramirez, RHP, acquired from New York (AL)
- Dustin Ackley, OF, traded to New York (AL)
Flores, 23, has spent most of the season with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the International League. He is batting .286 (79×276) with 43 runs scored, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs and 34 RBI in 73 games. The left-handed hitter is also batting .333 (24×72) with runners in scoring position and currently ranks 5th in the International League with a .377 on-base percentage. He made his Major League debut May 30 vs. the Athletics, and appeared in 12 games with the Yankees (.219/7×32, 3 R, 2B).
In 7 minor league seasons the Venezuelan native is a .272 hitter (676×2483) with 129 doubles, 29 triples, 43 home runs and 260 RBI. He has played all three outfield positions during his career, but has played the bulk of his games in left field (396 G). Flories was listed as the Yankees No. 27 prospect heading into the season by Baseball America.
Ramirez, 25, is 3-0 with 10 saves and a 2.90 ERA (16 ER, 49.2 IP) in 32 relief appearances with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has recorded 56 strikeouts for 10.15 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, 3rd-best amongst International League relief pitchers. Ramirez also saw action in 3 Major League games with the Yankees this season (0-0, 15.00 ERA) and made 8 appearances in his debut season in 2014 (0-2, 5.40).
In 8 minor league seasons the Dominican Republic native has combined to go 32-32 with 12 saves and a 3.60 ERA (222 ER, 555.2 IP) in 146 appearances (96 starts). A starter most of his professional career, Ramirez made the move to the bullpen in 2014. He is listed by Baseball America as the Yankees No. 26 prospect.
Ackley, 27, is hitting .215 (40×186) with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs and 19 RBI in 85 games this season. In 5 seasons with the Mariners (2011-2015) he combined to bat .243 (488×2012). Ackley was originally selected by the Mariners second overall in the 2009 June Amateur Draft out of the University of North Carolina.