Analysis: Have the Mariners traded? Here are five bats and five relievers that can help

HOUSTON – Has Jerry Dipoto started taking action ahead of Tuesday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline?

Well, when it comes to potential deals the Mariners’ general manager is never one to take phone calls or send and respond to texts (with tons of emojis or GIFs) from other teams.

But after dropping four prospects, including infielders Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo, the organization’s No. 1 and No. 2 prospects, to acquire Reds ace Luis Castillo late on Friday, Dipoto hasn’t shown his conspicuous certainty when it comes to For possible steps to improve your team.

“We will explore the opportunity,” he said in a conference call after the Castillo trade. “We are still open to the idea of ​​adding a bullpen arm. The opportunity exists. Although we think you know that both Diego Castillo and Kenny Giles will be back soon after the deadline.

What about adding another impact hitter to your roster to help with an offense that has at times been inconsistent and unproductive, which relies heavily on rookie Julio Rodriguez and first baseman Ty France to provide the production?

“On the offensive side … again we are open to opportunity, but it’s very hard to see where it’s going to be with (Mitch Hanniger) going back,” Dipoto said. “We believe he is now very far away and is playing actively. So we look to last week as adding moves to Mitch and Kyle Lewis that our offense needs. That being said, the opportunity exists.” In case that happens, we’ll keep our ears on the road. It’s a little hard to see where that could be.”

Is Dipoto hesitant in hopes of making some gains in the trade talks? This is usually not their operating plan and most adversaries don’t rely on media comments to gauge intention or motivation.

The Mariners’ bullpen is being heavily taxed in games after the All-Star break and the lack of an experienced left-hander outside the bullpen would be useful rather than relying on Ryan Borucki.

On offense, the Mariners are averaging 4.05 runs per game with a .235/.317/.387 slash line this season, with a league average of 4.25 runs per game with a .242/.309/.394 slash line. A healthy Hanniger certainly provided improvement, but Lewis has still been moved in as a part-time player. The bigger issue is that everyday players like Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez have been struggling of late. Winker has .172/.238/.293 with three homers and three RBIs since July 1, while Suarez has a .151/.292/.245 slash line with two doubles, one homer, seven RBIs, 10 walks and a . There are 23 strikeouts. In his last 16 matches.

The roster is full of utility players, outfielders who are better at designated hitters and two first basemen. This limits the field as many available hitters are outfielders or first base/DH types.

Where does Depot get the opportunity?

Five hitters who can help:

Ian Happ, LF/2B/3B, Cubs

While he has played most of the outfield this season, Happ has played third base and second base in his career. Mariners value positional versatility and love switch-hitters. Happ is in control of the club for the next season, which is an added bonus. In 97 games this season, he has posted a 284/.366/.444 slash line which includes 25 doubles, two triples, nine homers, 46 RBIs, 42 walks and 86 strikes.

But for all the reasons he fits so well for the Mariners, Hap also fits perfectly for the Padres, Cardinals, Yankees and Dodgers. The asking price may be a bit high.

Whit Merrifield, 2b/off, Royals

The Mariners contacted Casey last year about the veteran utility player. The Royals said they would trade Merifield to the Mariners for Julio Rodriguez. It was a sign that the Royals didn’t really want to trade him. But things are different this season as Maryfield, now 33, has struggled, posting a 243/.292/.348 slash line with 22 doubles, one triple, five homers, 40 RBIs and 15 steal bases. Merrifield is under contract until 2023. He has also not been vaccinated which would be a problem in the playoff series against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Christian Vazquez, C, Red Sox

The emergence of Cal Raleigh as the primary catcher is a major reason for the Mariners’ recent success. But he cannot play every day and the Mariners have already pushed him to play more than the norm. It explains how poorly Louis Torrence has performed at and behind the plate. Vazquez, who will be a hire, has a .280/.324/.430 slash line with 19 doubles, eight homers and 30 RBI and that would represent a huge improvement.

Brandon Drury, IF, Reds

Well, why not just add the rest of the Reds to the roster? Drury has a career year going into free agency, posting a .271/.332/.512 slash line that includes 21 doubles, two triples, 19 homers and 57 RBIs in 89 games. But some scouts believe it to be a product of playing at the Great American Ballpark. He has a .292/.347/.543 slash line in 50 games with 15 doubles, 11 homers and 36 RBIs in Cinci vs A.241/.310/.468 slash line with six doubles, eight homers and 21 RBI . 39 games on the road.

Miguel Andujar, IF, Yankees

A little reach that will come at an affordable price. Andujar is stuck in Triple-A and has no place on the Yankees’ big-league roster. He’s got a 305/.350/.516 slash line with 14 doubles, 11 homers and 43 RBIs at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He can play third base, first base and left field. But is he better than Dylan Moore or Sam Haggerty?

Five relievers who can help,

Matt Moore, LHP, Rangers

Once a debut for the Rays, Moore flourished this season as a reliever for the Rangers, posting a 4-2 record with 1.66 ERA in 36 appearances. In 48 2/3 innings, he dismissed 52 batsmen with 24 walks. He is not a left-handed specialist and has actually been more effective versus a right-handed hitter. He has also made 19 appearances of more than one innings, which are of prime value.

Andrew Chaffin, LHP, Tigers

Rental reliever, Chaffin looks like a bouncer at an honky tonk bar in Texas. In 37 appearances, he holds a 2.53 record with 39 strikeouts and 10 walks in 32 innings. While the Tigers are hearing offers on lefty relievers Joe Jimenez and Gregory Soto close to the team, the asking price for Chaffin is much lower. Chaffin has also not been vaccinated and cannot travel to Toronto.

Michael Fulmer, RHP, Tigers

Another rental reliever, the Fulmer’s big draw is its versatility. Although he hasn’t done that much this season, the former starter can work in multiple innings if needed. He has a 3-4 record and 2.77 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 40 appearances and 20 walks in 39 innings.

Jorge Lopez, RHP, Orioles

Claiming a waiver by Baltimore in 2020 and an All-Star in 2022, Lopez has a 4-6 record and 1.68 ERA in 44 appearances. Using the high-powered sinkers and quality sliders of the 90s, Lopez dismissed 54 batters in 48 1/3 innings with 17 walks. Opposing hitters have a .174/.262/.267 slash line.

Joe Mantipelli, LHP, Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks’ representative in the All-Star Game this season, he will come through the 2026 season with a high probability value due to club control. Has 2.35 ERA in 42 appearances with 38 strikeouts and pitched in only two walks, yes, two, 38 1/3 innings.

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