The 2018 Sodo Mojo Off-Season Plan
Trade Marc Rzepczynski +$3 million to Colorado for Noel Cuevas
Since the Mariners took Jake McGee from the Rockies, they will need to find another lefty for their bullpen. Marc Rzepczynski seems like a decent fit. Rzepczynski produced a 70% groundball rate. 70%!!! The lefty struggled mightily with his command last season, walking a whopping 5.74 hitters per 9. This greatly diminishes the possible return for the Mariners.
Noel Cuevas could be available. The Rockies already have a loaded outfield, and Cuevas is expected to be nothing more than a 4th outfielder. He put up outstanding numbers in AAA this year, slashing .312/.353/.487, with 17 doubles, 12 triples, 15 home runs and 16 steals.
But these numbers are deceiving. Cuevas played in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the minors, and his splits showed it. He slashed .363/.405/.604 at home but just .262/.300/.371. Cuevas has plenty of swing and miss to his game, producing a 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
Cuevas has good speed and can play all 3 outfield positions. The 26-year-old does not have a home in Colorado, but might have one in Seattle. The trade gives the Rockies a major league piece at a massive discount, and gives the Mariners an extra $2 million to play with.