Jerry Dipoto is up to his old tricks again. The Seattle Mariners GM, who made more trades last winter than any MLB team in the last 20 years, has pulled off trades on back-to-back days as we approach baseball’s trade deadline. On Thursday, he acquired Miami Marlins reliever David Phelps, who has some solid peripherals, but isn’t exactly the key to a long-lost playoff berth in Seattle.
The Miami Marlins have sent reliever David Phelps to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for four prospects. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand and Ken Rosenthal had rumors of the deal first, Jon Morosi, Jeff Passan and Jon Heyman (among others) all reported the trade at virtually the same time. Phelps, 30, had a fantastic 2016 season, posting a 2.28 ERA in 64 games while striking out 11.8 batters per nine innings. He’s not been as strong this year, but he’s still been a solid setup man, posting a 3.45 ERA in 44 games while striking out 51 batters and walking 21 in 47 innings. He throws in the mid-90s and induces grounders. The Mariners could probably use rotation help more than bullpen help, but solid innings
Several teams, including three American League playoff contenders, are interested in acquiring Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, sources told New York Post reporter Mike Puma. The Boston Red Sox are reportedly interested in acquiring a third baseman and are believed to be interested in Cabrera and fellow Mets infielders Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera. The Mariners and Indians may also have interest in Cabrera, according to recent reports in the Boston Globe and ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. Cabrera, who is a career shortstop due roughly $4 million the rest of this season, will move from second to third base when 2B Neil Walker returns from the disabled list next week. Cabrera told reporters this week