The Mariners had some big shoes to fill when long time catcher Dave Valle signed with the Boston Redsox. But following the 1993 season, the Seattle Mariners made a trade that would pay off for years to come.
During the offseason of 1993, the Mariners traded fan favorite Bret Boone to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Dan Wilson. Looking back on the deal now, you can say it was just a loan considering we got Boonie back in 2001. What the Mariners got in return was much more special.
Dan Wilson took over at catcher starting the 1994 season, and never looked back. He spent 11 years playing for the Mariners and immediately was embraced by the Seattle fans. Dan finished his career with a .262 BA 88 home runs and 519 RBI.
Those numbers aren’t mind blowing to say the least, but its not every day you make a trade and solidify your catcher position for 11 years. “Dan the Man” was an AL all-star in 1996, and was elected into the Mariners Hall of Fame in 2012.
Dan still holds the Mariners record today as most game played at the catcher position with 1281 games.