Mark Trumbo

Mariners trade for Diamondbacks’ Mark Trumbo

The Seattle Mariners announced a six-player trade Wednesday with the Arizona Diamondbacks mainly to acquire outfielder Mark Trumbo.

This comes after the Mariners were just swept at home by the New York Yankees in an attempt to add power to a lineup that has vastly under performed this season.

The Mariners were expected to be a force to be reckoned with this season having added arguably the best second baseman in baseball in Robinson Cano in 2014 and last season’s MLB home run champion in Nelson Cruz prior to this season. 

In addition to Trumbo the Diamondbacks, who needed to free up a roster spot for Yasmany Tomas with third baseman Jake Lamb scheduled to return from the disabled list, also sent reliever Vidal Nuno to Seattle. 

Arizona received back-up catcher Wellington Castillo, right-hander Dominic Leone, middle infielder Jack Reinheimer, and outfielder Gabby Guerrero. 

It’s an interesting trade all around because not one of the players in the deal with the slight exception of Trumbo has done much either in the majors or in the case of prospects, Reinheimer and Guerrero, in the minor leagues this season.

Guerrero, who is considered one of the Mariners’ top prospects and is also the nephew of former major league outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, has struggled this season in Double-A. Neither he nor Reinheimer are even considered top 100 prospects.

Trumbo, now back in the American League West, is a former long-time member of the Los Angeles Angels. He will add some pop to the Mariners lineup but how much is really a good question.

Even Trumbo, who has nine bombs this season with a .506 OPS and 23 RBI, doesn’t draw many walks and has the tendency to accrue too many strikeouts. The 29-year-old right-handed slugger is hitting just .259 with a .299 on-base percentage. 

Trumbo is making $6.9 million this season and will be eligible for arbitration again in 2016.

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