Mariners acquire Denorfia from Padres
Looking for a right-handed bat to help their offense, the Mariners acquired Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia on Thursday in exchange for two Minor Leaguers about two hours before the Non-Waiver Trade Deadline.
Seattle sent outfielder Abraham Almonte, who opened the season with the Mariners, along with right-handed reliever Stephen Kohlscheen to the Padres.
Denorfia will join the Mariners on Friday when they open a three-game series in Baltimore.
The 34-year-old is a career .275/.335/.397 hitter over parts of nine seasons with the Reds, A’s and Padres. Denorfia is earning $2.25 million in 2014 and will be a free agent after this season.
Denorfia had a .311/.378/.471 line against left-handed pitching with the Padres from 2010-13. His production against lefties has dipped this season (.253/.311/.326), though he could help a Mariners team that has had an all left-handed hitting outfield of Dustin Ackley, James Jones and Endy Chavez in recent weeks, though Corey Hart has begun playing some in right field since Kendry Morales’ addition at DH.
The 6-foot, 195-pounder hit .242 with one home run and 16 RBIs in 248 at-bats for San Diego this season.
Almonte, 25, opened the season as Seattle’s starting center fielder, but was sent down after batting .198 with one home run and eight RBIs in 27 games. He’s hit .267/.333./.390 with six home runs and 31 RBIs in 72 games for Triple-A Tacoma.
Kohlscheen, 25, is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 38 appearances while splitting the year between Tacoma and Double-A Jackson.