Sodo Mojo’s Mariners Trade Deadline Plan

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 8: Ichiro Suzuki #51 (R) of the Seattle Mariners jokes with Marco Gonzales #32 of the Seattle Mariners before a game against the Colorado Rockies at Safeco Field on July 8, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 8: Ichiro Suzuki #51 (R) of the Seattle Mariners jokes with Marco Gonzales #32 of the Seattle Mariners before a game against the Colorado Rockies at Safeco Field on July 8, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /
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Trade #5: Aaron Loup for Luis Liberato

SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 07: Relief pitcher Aaron Loup #62 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on August 7, 2013, in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 07: Relief pitcher Aaron Loup #62 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on August 7, 2013, in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

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.