Jerry Dipoto cannot be stopped. Despite the passing of the trade deadline, he continued his wheeling and dealing on Sunday by acquiring Yonder Alonso from the A’s for Boog Powell as well as making a multi-player minor league exchange with the Rays.
Alonso, who made the 2017 All-Star team, garnered a lot of attention. Most people were impressed by Jerry’s ability to get him at that price. Others were skeptical. Here’s what everyone thinks of the moves.
To start off, here are the official trade announcements.
The #Mariners have acquired RHP Ryan Garton & C Mike Marjama from TB in exchange for LHP Anthony Misiewicz, INF Luis Rengifo & PTBNL.— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) August 6, 2017
The flurry of moves caught some of us off guard.
Jerry. Jerry. My dude! I'm trying to have brunch.— Meg Rowley (@megrowler) August 6, 2017
But most people were pretty pleased with the returns.
Yonder Alonso was exactly the kind of buy-low acquisition I was hoping for. I'm impressed, Jerry.— Maple Joe-ve Veyera (@JoeVeyera) August 6, 2017
Brilliant move by Mariners. They are still in race but just low enough in standings that other contending teams can't block the deal— Mark Simon (@msimonespn) August 6, 2017
Eventually Dipoto will get burned when one of these MiLB guys pops, and he's traded A LOT of them. Be shocked if Boog is the one, though.— nathan bishop (@NathanHBishop) August 6, 2017
It's a good move for Seattle. Was first base the biggest issue with the club? Of course not. Can Alonso help? Certainly.— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) August 6, 2017
This is not finely-wrought logic, but each time Boog Powell's been traded, it worked out well for team trading him.— Marc W (@USSM_Marc) August 6, 2017
A's needed OF...good trade for them. Everyone wins this one.— Alex Ahn (@alexahnod) August 6, 2017
Some were a little uneasy about Alonso given his recent struggles.
Alonso is an upgrade, but not sure 2 months of him is worth Boog, who is mashing in AAA— JJ (@KJ_Jeller) August 6, 2017
Yonder Alonso had terrific 1st half making All Star team, batting .275 w 20 HRs and .934 OPS; but hitting .230 w 2 HRS, .733 OPS since break— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 6, 2017
Yonder Alonso, last 60 days: .345 OBP, .394 SLG— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) August 6, 2017
Yonder Alonso, 2010-2016: .334 OBP, .387 SLG
...or based on what the M’s gave up.
Getting a player with a chance for three above-average tools -- with one of them being plus -- for org depth is a solid move by TB.— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) August 6, 2017
And it simply wouldn’t be the internet without some jokes.
Or Jerry is just playing scrabble right now.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) August 6, 2017
Dipoto, shaking: "Just one more. Just one more deal and then I quit. Just one more." https://t.co/lynNR4ohVs— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) August 6, 2017
Jerry Dipoto is out of control, now he's trying to trade players that have been retired for decades— Matt (@M5Hansen) August 6, 2017
All of Mariners Twitter loves the Yonder Alonso trade! *1 season later* We regret to inform you Boog Powell is a perennial All-Star— Vintage Alec Downing (@AlecJD527) August 6, 2017
That’s the basic gist of it. The M’s have a shiny new first basemen and a few pieces of depth. What did you think about the two post-deadline waiver deals?