Struggling Mariners trade for Trumbo

Shortly after loses for the sixth time in seven games, Seattle deals for another offensive weapon, acquiring Mark Trumbo from Arizona in a six-player deal.

General Manager Jack Zduriencik made his first in-season attempt to breath some life into the Seattle Mariners struggling offense by completing a six-player trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks which netted them powerful right-handed hitting outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo. Seattle also gets left-hander Vidal Nuño in the trade.

The cost to Seattle wasn't exactly cheap as Double-A Jackson players outfielder Gabriel Guerrero and shortstop Jack Reinheimer are the two prospects headlining the deal from Arizona's side. The D'Backs also receive two big leaguers from Seattle in recently acquired catcher Wellington Castillo and right-handed reliever Dominic Leone. Castillo, acquired just over two weeks ago from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for reliever Yoervis Medina, got into six games for the Mariners in his first career action in the American League, hitting .160 (4-for-25) without any extra base hits in his limited action. Leone, who climbed to the Major Leagues for Seattle in less than two years after being selected in the 16th round of the 2012 draft, had a very impressive rookie season in 2014, posting a 2.17 ERA, 3.07 FIP, 1.16 WHIP and 9.5 SO/9 in 57 games. He had struggled this season and was with Triple-A Tacoma on two separate occasions, combining to allow 35 baserunners in 20 2/3 innings on the year between Tacoma and Seattle.

Guerrero -- who is somewhat famously the nephew of the fantastic and amazing Vladimir Guerrero -- hit .307/.347/.467 with 165 hits, 28 doubles, 18 home runs and 96 RBI while stealing 18 bases in 2014 for High-A High Desert, but he has struggled like many of Seattle's other top hitting talents in 2015, hitting just .215 with 48 strikeouts and only two homers in 48 games for Double-A Jackson this season. The 21 year old native of the Dominican has big time power and a strong throwing arm, but he hasn't developed the plate discipline required for him to succeed at the minor league's upper levels, much less the majors, to this point. Regardless, he is a legitimate prospect. He was No. 4 on the pre-2015 SeattleClubhouse Top-50 prospect countdown.

Reinheimer, No. 24 on this year's Top-50 countdown, is a defense-first shortstop that came to Seattle as their 5th round pick in the 2013 Draft out of East Carolina. The 22 year old has hit very consistently (if not overwhelmingly impressive) to date in his climb through the minor leagues for the Mariners, hitting .277/.323/.351 in 48 games this year for the Generals and .275/.340/.347 in 244 games overall in his minor league career. He has stolen 69 bases in his two-plus seasons and shown a lot of ability on defense, with good range, a solid arm and a plus glove at short.

"It is always tough to give up prospects and players that you like," Zduriencik said of Guerrero and Reinheimer, continuing, "In this case, our organizational depth at shortstop helped us with the decision on Reinheimer and Guerrero is well thought of, but we all realize, that to get something you have to give something."

In Trumbo, a 29 year old career .248/.298/.464 hitter in 594 big league games with 118 home runs, the Mariners have acquired another right-handed bat to strengthen and lengthen the middle of their batting order. While he isn't an ideal player thanks to his dearth of walks, abundance of strikeouts and low average, the reality is that the 2012 All-Star represents an offensive upgrade for the Mariners, who have the 14th ranked offense in the American League. The other reality in play here is that the leaders of this club -- Zduriencik and manager Lloyd McClendon -- realize that there are greater expectations this year in Seattle than there have been for quite some time, and the Mariners -- losers of six of seven on this homestand after being swept by the Yankees -- no longer had time to wait for things to improve. A move like this was needed.

Nuño, 27, figures to take Leone's bullpen spot for the time being. The versatile left-hander has made 39 appearances in the majors over the past three seasons, and importantly, he does have a minor league option remaining. In 196 MLB innings, he's put up a 4.13 ERA, 4.36 FIP, 1.22 WHIP while starting 31 times. He has a four-pitch mix with a sinking fastball that is 89-90 mph for the most part.

In the club's release on the trade, Zduriencik stated, "Trumbo gives us another proven, middle-of-the-line-up bat. He brings power and experience to the club. We think his presence will stretch and deepen our lineup with a legitimate Major League hitter. Nuño is a versatile, left-hander who has experience starting and relieving and comes to us at a time when we have experienced injuries. He's a tough kid who throws strikes and will be a nice addition overall."

Catcher Jesus Sucre will rejoin the big club, and once Nuño and Trumbo arrive in Seattle, another roster move will need to be made to clear room on the 25-man roster for them. That could potentially spell the end of the road for Rickie Weeks, Dustin Ackley, Justin Ruggiano or Willie Bloomquist. Whatever the corresponding move(s) ends up being, it was becoming easy to see that the 2015 Seattle Mariners couldn't wait for the current group to turn it around.

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