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Analyzing Mariners Potential Trade Partners: The Arizona Diamondbacks

July 16th, 2017 at 9:58 AM
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Continuing a series Kate started recently exploring potential trade partners for the Mariners as the July 31st trade deadline approaches, we take a look at the Arizona Diamondbacks. Considering the M’s just dealt a starting pitcher ready to immediately contribute to a playoff push to Arizona in exchange for a high upside controllable outfielder back in November, it’s a little funny to be exploring this same duo to in efforts of finding a potential trade partner. That said, the landscape of each of these two teams has changed a bit since that deal was made. The D-backs likely didn’t expect to be out in front of the wild card despite fielding an outfield that has been good for a whopping -8 defensive runs saved this season, which is seventh-worst in all of baseball. The Mariners, who are tops in the bigs in outfield DRS at 25, probably didn’t expect to have pulled in to the All-Star break having given 26 starts to the likes of Sam Gaviglio, Christian Bergman & Co. But, as they say, sh…”stuff” happens. So, here we are approaching the back half of July, and Arizona is in need of some help in the outfield. With Yasmany Tomas shelved due to a groin injury, they’ve started 30 year old Daniel Descalso and his 95 wRC+ in the outfield 26 timesâ??he played there seven times in seven seasons before 2017â??which shouldn’t necessarily be what makes or breaks this team in and of itself, but definitely isn’t ideal for a team on the cusp of playoff berth for the first time since 2011. Even when Tomas returns, any value he brings to the table offensivelyâ??and that’s if you’re gambling on seeing 2016 Yasmany Tomas and not the 2015 version he was proving to be through 47 games this seasonâ??is likely negated by the negative impact he has on the defensive side of the ball (he’s been good for -30 defensive runs saved through roughly 1.5 seasons worth of innings in the outfield). The Mariners on the other hand have been, how do I put this lightly? ‘Short’ on pitching this season. And when I say “short”, I mean that the entire starting pitching staff has combined for 3.2 fWAR through 91 games this season. As a team, the M’s are 28th in the league in pitchers’ fWAR, and have utilized every starting pitcher on their 40 man roster and then some.

Interestingly enough, Arizona’s top prospects list seems to be stocked with a handful of starting pitchers at the upper levels of the minors who are seemingly blocked by a relatively young and undeniably effective starting rotation at the big league level. Meanwhile, the M’s system is flush with “major league center fielder” caliber outfielders that have been impressing on offense as well this season and could theoretically step in to a starting role with a playoff bound but defensively plagued team (hint hint). Needless to say, the two sides seem to have the pieces to allow for both clubs to deal from an …

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Tags: Ben Gamel, Boog Powell, Christian Bergman, D.J. Peterson, Daniel Descalso,, Sam Gaviglio, Yasmany Tomas

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