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Under-the-radar Move on Mariners Deadline

NEW YORK – Concerns were high Tuesday at the Mariners’ Clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. This persisted through manager Scott Serva’s pregame media session and throughout batting practice until 3 p.m. The PT trade expired an hour before the first pitch. Players regularly check their phones. MLB Network followed closely and even asked reporters what they were listening to.

Deals with Giants and Dodgers

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Yet the dust settled, and Seattle made three “under-the-radar” acquisitions. According to President of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto, no one on Seattle’s 26-man roster was dealt. The club made deals with the Giants and Dodgers to acquire three experienced depth pieces. Dipoto did not participate with any major league or Top 30 prospects.

“These moves are an opportunity to really improve the depth of our roster as we move through these next few weeks,” Dipoto said. “We’ll see what we can do in the last two months of this season.”

Here is a breakdown of the three players achieved


Once considered one of the AL’s better starts with Detroit. Boyd will fill in a valuable left-wing presence in the bullpen that the Mariners need all season. He has been on the injured list throughout the year with a left elbow strain. But he recently threw a 40-pitch bullpen session and will complete a mock game with Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday. If all goes well So he could start a rehab assignment as early as next week and join the big league team soon.

“There’s a lot of potential in the role of a multi-inning reliever,” Dipoto said. “And that’s something we were looking to achieve.”

Spent Day League career with Tigers

Before signing with the Giants on March 20, the 31-year-old Boyd spent most of his big league career with the Tigers. Before getting injured last August, he had 3.89 ERAs and 112 ERA+ (league average is 100). Arguably at his peak in 2019, he was one of the game’s top strikeout specialists, with 30.2 K%, the AL’s fifth highest. But by turning it into a bullpen, it is expected to last until the end of the year.

A Rehab in Casali Tacoma

With Tom Murphy out for the year and aggressive offensive boundaries from Lewis Torrens, the Mariners needed a backstop to pair up with Cal Raleigh. Preferably an experienced one. Enter Casali, who, like Boyd, is on IL. But hope to be back soon. Casali will also join Tacoma to continue a rehab assignment. Which she recently began to relate to a right oblique strain that had sheltered her on July 5. He is expected to contribute soon.

“He does a great job with the pitcher,” said Dipoto. “He has some knowledge. He played in the postseason. He fits what we do and how we do it.”

Contribution A rapport with Luis Castillo

Another important contribution he brought in is a rapport with Luis Castillo, whom he caught 27 times in Cincinnati from 2018-20. Castillo had a 2.61 ERA and opposed the hitters for a slash line of .191/.269/.302 (.571 ops) in those outings. Which was the best of any of his catchers so far.


The former University of Washington grew up in Seattle and lives there off-season. He played in 25 games for the Dodgers as a bench bat, a role he would continue in Seattle. Sometimes corner-infield positions offer a chance to contribute. Since signing a minor contract with an invitation to Spring Training in March, the 31-year-old has hit .239/.338/.433 (.770 ops) in 77 plate appearances this year, .808 ops against authority. with.

Because Kyle Lewis won’t play every day | Dylan Moore will need consistent reps and Mitch Hanniger will soon be back and working the DH rotation – and they all hit right – Lamb is a lefty complement.

“That’s where we see him fit into our club.” Dipoto said. “He can play corners, DH. He has done very well this year against right-handed pitching. So it gives us a good offset with the right handed batsmen. Because Mitch comes back, with Kyle Lewis, as offset for Dylan Moore and his right hand. We think so that fits into that type of matchup role.”

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