On a day that the division rival Angels acquired former All-Stars OF Justin Upton and 2B Brandon Phillips, the Rangers aquired RHP Miguel Gonzalez, and the Astros landed RHP Justin Verlander, the Mariners countered the blow with a deal of their own:
The #Cubs acquire #Mariners OF Leonys Martin for outfield depth.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 1, 2017
Okay, so in all seriousness, dealing the fifth best outfield option on your team isn’t necessarily the end of the world, but in a season that is quickly becoming more and more frustrating, Leonys seemed to be good for one or two exciting moments any time he was penciled into the lineup.
One thing worth noting here is that with Jarrod Dyson headed for free agency after this season, and Boog Powell and Tyler O’Neill both dealt within the last couple of months, the Mariners outfield depth heading into the 2018 season, as it stands now, drops off pretty sharply from Haniger-Heredia-Gamel to Andrew Aplin/Ian Miller/Kyle Waldrop, who have all of 16 games of major league experience between the three of them (all by Waldrop). All of a sudden, the M’s seem to have another void—albeit a secondary one—to fill this offseason.
Adios, Leonys. I hope you and Mike Montgomery go on to win many a World Series together.