The Mariners make trade deadline day deals for infielder/outfielder Jake Lamb from the Dodgers, along with pitcher Matthew Boyd and catcher Curt Casali from the Giants.
Trade deadline day was always going to be anti-climatic for Mariners fans. The ball club had already made their bold move, giving up three of their top five prospects in exchange for two-time All-Star Luis Castillo.
In the end, Seattle did make a couple of trades prior to Tuesday’s 3 p.m. PT deadline. However, as general manager Jerry Dipoto himself described, they were under-the-radar moves.
First, the Mariners acquired infielder/outfielder Jake Lamb from the Dodgers, in return for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Then, they sent minor leaguers Michael Stryffeler and Andy Thomas to the Giants, in exchange for pitcher Matthew Boyd and catcher Curt Casali.
Starting with Lamb, he has appeared in 25 games for the Dodgers this season, seeing playing time at both first base and left field. He is batting .239, with two home runs, four RBI, eight walks, 10 runs and a .770 OPS.
The 31-year-old is now in his ninth season in the Majors and originally hails from Seattle. His best season to date was in 2017, when he was selected to his first (and only to date) All-Star game.
Before the Dodgers, Lamb spent time with the Diamondbacks, Athletics, White Sox and Blue Jays. In 689 career games, he is batting .237, with 325 runs scored, 93 home runs, 335 RBI, 289 walks, 18 stolen bases, 359 runs and a .759 OPS.
Lamb will provide valuable depth for the Mariners. As a lefty, this will include offering some variety at the DH position, which is dominated by right-handed hitters.
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Turning to Boyd, he is another local-born player, who grew up in Mercer Island. He has not pitched for the Giants this season, after undergoing forearm flexor tendon surgery and being placed on the 60-day injured list with a left elbow strain on March 27.
The southpaw is in his eighth season in the Majors, having previously played for the Blue Jays and Tigers. In 149 career games (including 145 starts), he is 37–62 with a 4.96 ERA, 248 walks and 759 strikeouts.
Boyd uses four primary pitches, including a four-seam fastball (reaches 96 MPH), a slider (average 83 MPH), a curveball (average 75 MPH) and a changeup (average 80 MPH). His slider is widely regarded as his most effective pitch.
It is unclear if and when the 31-year-old will return this season from injury. Assuming he does , he will likely be used in a bullpen which is short of left-handed options.
Finally, Casali has played 41 times for the Giants this year. However, he was placed on the 10-day IL with a right oblique strain on July 5.
Casali made three Major League rehab appearances with Triple-A Sacramento from July 27–31 and is expected to contribute soon. On the season he is batting .231, with four home runs, 14 RBI, 15 walks and 13 runs.
Now in his ninth year in the Majors, the 33-year-old previously played for the Rays and Reds. For his career he is batting .227, with 46 home runs, 145 RBI, 136 walks and 130 runs.
Casali will provide veteran depth behind Cal Raleigh at the catcher position. In addition, he has experience working with Luis Castillo, with the two playing together in Cincinnati between 2018-20.
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