FS Faux Winter Meetings Blockbuster: the Seattle Mariners Trade for Carlos Gomez with Milwaukee

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Faux Seattle Mariners GM Dan Hughes is taking no prisoners this offseason as he continues making trades and signings to make this team better and ready to compete in 2015.

Late last night he went out and got the faux slugger the Mariners have desperately needed: the Mariners send Taijuan Walker, D.J. Peterson and Austin Jackson to the Milwaukee Brewers for OF Carlos Gomez and RHP Taylor Jungmann.

There’s a lot of pieces moving in this blockbuster, so here are the stat breakdowns for the players going between the current and former Seattle clubs– before the Brewers were the Brewers they were the Seattle Pilots in 1969, until Bud Selig bought them and moved them away; long story.

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Mariners Heading to Milwaukee:

Taijuan Walker RHP:

2014 season: 2-3 record, 2.61 ERA. 38.0 innings pitched. 18 walk, 34 strikeouts. 3.68 FIP, 1.289 WHIP

Service time: 0 years, 142 days. Arbitration eligible: 2018. Free agent: 2021.

D.J. Peterson 3B/1B:

2014 Minor League stats (in A+ and AA ball combined): .297/.360/.522, 31 home runs, 111 RBI, 31 doubles, 83 runs scored.

Service time: has yet to begin his Major League free agent clock.

Austin Jackson CF:

2014 season (with Seattle and Detroit): .256/.308/.347 with 4 home runs, 47 RBI, 30 doubles, 70 runs scored.

Service time: free agent in 2016.

Brewers Heading to Seattle:

Taylor Jungmann RHP :

2014 season (in AAA Nashville): 8-6 record, 3.98 ERA. 101.2 innings pitched, 1.318 WHIP. 46 walks, 101 strikeouts.

Service time: has yet to begin his Major League free agent clock

Sep 25, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (27) talks to teammates in the dugout during the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Gomez CF:

2014 season:  .284/.356/.477 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI. 47 walks, 141 strikeouts. 34 doubles, 90 runs scored.

Career: .260/.314/.420, averaging 15 home runs and 57 RBI per 162 games.

Service time: signed through 2016 season.

Analysis:

Carlos Gomez is the prized piece of this trade for the Seattle Mariners. Faux GM Dan Hughes is under the impression that Gomez will be an anchor in centerfield and a right-handed power bat to slot in the lineup between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager.

Gomez has been reliable over the course of his career, but he’s a .260 hitter that averages 15 home runs every 162 games, and 24 doubles per 162 games. Those numbers, when looked at in total, are not all that inspiring. However, he has had a .284 average each of the last two seasons, with 23 and 24 home runs each year.

If this is indicative of him finding his power at the plate, Carlos Gomez could be the missing offensive piece for the Mariners. And, he’s also half-decent in the field and won’t adversely affect the Mariners defense.

The M’s also get Taylor Jungmann, a still-young right-handed pitching prospect who currently has a mid-rotation ceiling.

But the M’s are giving up a lot to get the Milwaukee CarGo. Young studs and touted prospects are going East in Taijuan Walker and D.J. Peterson. And with them the M’s send centerfielder Austin Jackson, who has only been with the team for a few short months.

What do you think? Is this the kind of trade that can make the Mariners competitive in 2015 and 2016? Or is the price too steep for Carlos Gomez’s services?

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