Looking at Mariners’ deals for League, Delabar
Busy night for the Mariners on Monday with Jack Zduriencik announcing a pair of trades moments after the club beat Toronto 4-1. The non-waiver trade deadline isn’t until 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, but Seattle did two deals late Monday in sending former All-Star closer Brandon League to the Dodgers for a pair of prospects and reliever Steve Delabar to the Blue Jays for outfielder Eric Thames.
What exactly does that mean? Thames is currently in Triple-A and having a big year, but has spent parts of the past two seasons with Toronto and will join the Mariners on Tuesday. Expect him to replace struggling Carlos Peguero, who was packing his bags post-game tonight and likely is headed back to Tacoma.
Peguero got a brief shot to replace Ichiro in right field, but was hitting just .146 and had struck out 22 times in 41 at-bats, including three more on Monday night.
Thames reportedly isn’t much of a defensive outfielder, but the 25-year-old has hit .257 with 15 home runs, 31 doubles and 48 RBIs in 510 at-bats over parts of the past two years with Toronto. He’s batting .335 with six home runs and 32 RBIs in 53 games with Las Vegas in the PCL since getting sent down earlier this year.
“He’s a left-handed hitter and he’ll probably get some playing time in a [platoon]-type scenario,” Zduriencik said. “He’s had a real nice year in Triple-A and is a great kid who still has options left as well. It’s a good thing to get a kid that has some big-league experience and is doing the things he’s currently doing.”
As for the two prospects in the League deal, outfielder Leon Landry is a 22-year-old putting up big numbers in Class-A ball. He’ll report to the Mariners’ High Desert team. And right-handed pitcher Logan Bawcom is a 23-year-old reliever who has 20 saves and a 2.03 ERA while splitting time between the Dodgers’ A and AA teams this season.
“Leon is an outfielder from LSU, a third-round draft pick a couple years ago,” Zduriencik said. “Our guys like hiim. He’s a very athletic outfielder and we’re happy to have him. Bawcom is a closer in Double-A with Chatanooga. He’ll report to Jackson.”
The Mariners will make moves Tuesday to replace Delabar and League in the bullpen. Hard-throwing rookie Stephen Pryor is one logical addition as he’s been back in Tacoma since recovering from a strained groin muscle. Another flame-throwing youngster, Carter Capps, was just promoted to Tacoma and could make the quick jump as well.
Tom Wilhelmsen was missing Monday as well as his wife was delivering their first child, with manager Eric Wedge saying he didn’t know if he’d be available Tuesday. So that’s another wrinkle.
On top of all that, Zduriencik might not be done dealing. The trade deadline isn’t until 1 p.m. and his phone line is still buzzing. Starters Kevin Millwood and Jason Vargas could be available in the right scenarios and catcher Miguel Olivo is likely being shopped as well as a veteran in the final months of his contract and having lost much of his playing time to Jesus Montero and John Jaso.
Zduriencik acknowledged he could still be dealing.
“We have conversations going on,” he said. “You don’t know where it’ll lead from here. But we’ll see. We’ve been working on these for a while and this is where we settled [on Monday night].”