This isn't a move that puts the Mariners over the top, and it did cost them Abraham Almonte, plus somebody else minor that we don't know yet. While Almonte looked miserably overmatched at the MLB level this year, he did show promise last season, although that hasn't carried over to this year in Tacoma, where he's been quite a bit worse than the year before. Given what the Mariners have for internal outfield depth, it's a little strange to be giving away any of their talent with any upside at all, so the price is questionable at best. There's still a chance that Almonte figures it all out and becomes a solid 4th outfielder some day, but those contact issues were pretty horrendous. It's a bigger gamble than the M's probably needed to make, but apparently they saw enough to give up on Almonte.
The other piece is Stephen Kolscheen, a reliever in Tacoma who the Mariners saw a bit of in spring training. He's been fantastic, striking out 33 batters in 32 innings while only walking 4 in Jackson before being promoted to Tacoma, where he's been equally great, sporting a 22/2 K/BB ratio. Kolscheen doesn't throw exceptionally hard in the low 90s, but the control artist thing while whiffing a batter per inning is still appealing. The Mariners have a ton of good relievers, so this is dealing from their surplus, but Kolscheen isn't a loss without potential impact, even though it's probably quite low.
Abraham Almonte, 25, hitting .198 in 106 at-bats for the Mariners this season and .267 with six home runs and 31 RBIs in 277 at-bats with Triple-A Tacoma. Stephen Kohlscheen, 25, a combined 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA between Double-A Jackson and Tacoma this season, with 55 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings.
Why couldn't we traded Maybin instead. Losing Deno cost us outstanding defense and a downgrade in offense..
Deno will be a FA after the season. Maybe the Padres will re-sign him.
I just liked the dude because he didn't do stupid things like many of our players do (we have a high per capita stupid rate on this team...ha). He was a professional. I'll miss him even if he didn't hit a lick this year for us.
ChargersWinII wrote: I just liked the dude because he didn't do stupid things like many of our players do (we have a high per capita stupid rate on this team...ha). He was a professional. I'll miss him even if he didn't hit a lick this year for us.
+1 He was one of the guys we didn't complain about. We even stopped calling him Norf Herder