Grading the Mariners’ busy trade deadline

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 01: Cameron Maybin #10 of the Seattle Mariners is greeted in the dugout after scoring in the second inning against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field on August 1, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 01: Cameron Maybin #10 of the Seattle Mariners is greeted in the dugout after scoring in the second inning against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field on August 1, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /
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RHP ADAM WARREN

CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 06: Adam Warren #43 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the eighth inning at Progressive Field on August 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Yankees defeated the Indians 8-1. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 06: Adam Warren #43 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the eighth inning at Progressive Field on August 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Yankees defeated the Indians 8-1. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images) /

The Mariners had to give up the majority of their international slot money ($1.25 million) to get Adam Warren, but that’s still quite a bargain for a pitcher of his caliber.

In a deal that came as a major surprise, the Mariners landed a reliever who can do a bit of everything for them. Given his past as a starter, Warren is capable of giving the M’s multiple innings on occasion. He also has the ability to pitch in high-leverage situations late in ballgames, giving the M’s even more flexibility throughout their stacked bullpen.

Of the three rentals the M’s acquired this week, Warren seems to be the likeliest candidate to end up back with Seattle in the offseason. Depending on what the future holds for the Mariners in the upcoming free agency period, Warren could be given another opportunity to start in 2019.

Even if he only lasts three months, the Mariners still found an insane amount of value in this deal.

Grade: A

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