Mariners acquire Mark Trumbo from D’Backs
In a surprising move, the Seattle Mariners have acquired OF Mark Trumbo from the Arizona Diamondbacks. There had recently been talks that the D’Backs were planning on keeping Trumbo, even though trade rumors have been blowing in the wind since last year. The trade helps out both teams; bolstering the rotation for the Diamondbacks, and giving the Mariners another power hitter in their lineup.
According to reports, Arizona will send OF Mark Trumbo and LHP Vidal Nuno to Seattle, while the M’s send C Wellington Castillo, RHP Dominic Leone, IF Jack Reinheimer, and OF Gabby Guerrero to Arizona (per ESPN).
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 3, 2015
This trade is an interesting one for the Mariners. They had recently picked up C Wellington Castillo from the Cubs in a trade, and the Seattle outfield is crowded already. Mark Trumbo will join Nelson Cruz, Dustin Ackley, Seth Smith, Austin Jackson, Justin Ruggiano, and Rickie Weeks in the already-full outfield for the Mariners.
The trade makes more sense for the D’Backs, as they needed to add another arm to their bullpen. It also allows for them to have a solid backup catcher in Castillo, while also adding a couple of minor league prospects to their roster. The outfield in Arizona is full of young talent. They aren’t losing too much in this trade, but Mark Trumbo did provide power in their lineup.
Seattle has been mired in a miserable season; one that was full of expectations and playoff talk leading up to the 2015 season. If this trade helps shake things up and provides a spark for a fairly weak offensive lineup, then it will have paid off. But, like with all the trades that the Mariners make, they might have overspent for the possibility of getting back to the playoffs. Only time will tell…
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Dustin Brown covers the Seattle Mariners for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.