Sodo Mojo’s Mariners Trade Deadline Plan
Trade #5: Aaron Loup for Luis Liberato
Finally, the Mariners get their second lefty. Aaron Loup is a 30-year-old bullpen arm, who has an ability to miss some bats. Over the past 4 seasons, Loup has posted a respectable 3.58 FIP, 9.9 K/9, and 3.1 BB/9.
Loup is a side-winding lefty, who uses his 92 MPH fastball most of the time. It’s not that Loup is a dominant reliever. He strikes guys out, but his 1.46 WHIP and 9.9 H/9 tell the rest of the story. You’ll still be using James Pazos in the high-leverage spot, but adding a second lefty with swing-and-miss stuff is never a bad thing.
Loup isn’t bad against RHH, but he is better against lefties. In his career, lefties hit just .224/.298/.320 against him. He also has a knack for getting the groundball. He is a 54.1% GB pitcher in his career and is at 45% in 2018.
Because of Loup’s lack of upside and short-term club control, the asking price shouldn’t be extortionate. We threw Luis Liberato in the deal. However, that could be more than the Blue Jays want for Loup.
Liberato is a 22-year-old outfielder who has plus run and defensive skills. The bat lags behind the other tools, although he has shown decent pop in the past. Liberato is a no for the Mariners. He is a maybe for the Blue Jays.