The Seattle Mariners have acquired infielder Ryon Healy from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Emilio Pagan and infielder Alexander Campos.
Healy, 25, put together a great stat line in Oakland, this past season. He hit .271 with 25 home runs and 78 RBIs. Healy has only played in 222 games in his two year career, with 149 of those games coming from last season. He has shown that he is a power hitter with a lot of potential in the future. In those 222 games, he has hit 38 home runs.
It is quite unclear why the Athletics want to move on from Healy after just two seasons. He has five more years of control left until he is expected to hit free agency after the 2022 season. Healy does strike out a lot though. He has struck out 22.35% of the time since his call-up during the 2016 season.
Healy and Khris Davis, who stills plays for Oakland, were considered to be the "bash brothers" of the team. Both hit a lot of home runs but constantly found themselves striking out a lot.
Many are not sure what Healy's role will be for the Mariners next season. There is an opening at the first base position, with Dan Vogelbach currently number one on the depth chart. Healy does have some experience playing first base. He played the position 39 times in 2017.
The Seattle Mariners have acquired late-inning reliever David Phelps from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league outfielder Brayan Hernandez and pitchers Brandon Miller, Lukas Shiraldi, and Pablo Lopez.
The Mariners are currently 48-48 and sit 1.5 games behind the Yankees for the second wildcard seed. Their closer, Edwin Diaz, has pitched fairly well as of recently. Earlier in the season, he was not pitching like many had expected he would. Phelps will most likely be Diaz's set up man and will most likely be used in the eighth inning.
Phelps, 30, has a 3.45 ERA this season in 47 innings for the Marlins. He is 2-4 this season with 51 strikeouts. His best pitch is his mid-90's fastball. Phelps is a strike thrower, as 63% of his pitches this season, have been called strikes. The Mariners will get a controllable arm in Phelps. He does not hit free agency until after the 2018 season.
The Marlins have been looking to restablish their farm system for a while now. With this trade, they will acquire three of the Mariners' top 22 prospects, according to MLB.com. Brayan Hernandez has the most upside of the four heading to Miami. The 19-year-old is a high-risk prospect.