Mariners make outfield upgrade getting Maybin from Marlins
By TIM BOOTH
Aug. 01, 2018
SEATTLE (AP) — Jerry Dipoto thought he was done making deals a day before the non-waiver trade deadline after remodeling the Seattle Mariners bullpen.
The Mariners' ever-active baseball boss just couldn't help himself when an outfield upgrade became available.
Seattle acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, giving the Mariners a boost going into the final two months of the regular season. Seattle landed Maybin in exchange for minor league infielder Bryson Brigman and international bonus pool allotment.
Dipoto said he first had discussions with the Marlins about Maybin about two weeks ago, but it took the non-waiver trade deadline to get a deal finalized.
"He fits into the theme of what we're doing and adds better balance to our club. And the experience of a guy who has been through it as long as Cam has doesn't hurt," Dipoto said.
Center field was the one obvious position where Seattle could use an upgrade. Since moving Dee Gordon to second base, Guillermo Heredia has seen the majority of the time in center. And while Heredia is outstanding defensively, his bat hasn't provided much to Seattle's lineup. Heredia is hitting .229 with a .314 on-base percentage and 22 runs scored. Heredia was batting .302 on May 29, but his average has taken a nosedive. In the past 51 games played, Heredia is hitting just .184.
Maybin has been the opposite offensively. Maybin is batting .251 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 99 games this season, but he's batting .329 with a .912 OPS since June 29. The Mariners are the seventh team for the 12-year veteran, who has a $3.25 million, one-year contract. Maybin also has postseason experience, playing in the World Series last year with Houston. Seattle entered the day two games ahead of Oakland for the second wild-card in the American League and three games behind the Astros in the AL West.
Seattle is hopeful Maybin will be able to join the club Wednesday, and he was the last of Seattle's four trades in the days leading up to the deadline. Seattle also acquired relief pitchers Sam Tuivailala, Adam Warren and Zach Duke in a trio of deals.
"I think we've helped the team a lot," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "Every manager out there wants more pieces in the bullpen, certainly. As you get going into games in August and September and workloads start to mount up on pitchers you tend to go to the bullpen a little earlier and you want guys who have experience or have stuff or a combination. I think we've done some nice things."
The acquisition of Maybin will likely put to rest any thought of moving Gordon back to center late in the season following the return of Robinson Cano from his 80-game suspension for violating baseball's joint drug agreement. Dipoto said the intent was to leave Gordon at second base, but that he may see occasional time in the outfield. Getting Maybin means Cano will be moving around to positions other than second base once he returns.
Brigman is batting .304 this year for Class A Modesto. He was a third-round pick in 2016 but hasn't played above Class A.
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