Seattle Mariners: Re-grading the trade deadline

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 04: Zach Duke #33 of the Seattle Mariners walks back to the mound after allowing a run in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field on September 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 04: Zach Duke #33 of the Seattle Mariners walks back to the mound after allowing a run in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field on September 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /
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RHP ADAM WARREN

SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 04: Adam Warren #43 of the Seattle Mariners walks off the field after allowing two hits and a run against the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh inning at Safeco Field on September 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 04: Adam Warren #43 of the Seattle Mariners walks off the field after allowing two hits and a run against the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh inning at Safeco Field on September 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /

When the news came in that the Mariners had acquired Warren, we were absolutely ecstatic. It’s embarrassing to admit, but we thought the Mariners had robbed the Yankees blind, acquiring a versatile pitcher in  Warren for a reasonably low price.

Well, he hasn’t entirely been a disaster like Zach Duke, necessarily, but he hasn’t been very good either. Over his 20 appearances since joining the team, Warren has posted an abysmal xFIP of 5.66 while averaging 3.79 walks per nine innings.

You may compare Duke and Warren and make the argument that Warren has been worse. Warren’s numbers have been worse, but Duke’s inability to do what he was brought in to do – get lefties out – makes him the bigger failure.

But Warren has been mediocre at best. He may be offered a deal to stay with the Mariners in the offseason, but our initial idea of what he could be for this team moving forward has greatly been diminished.

Initial grade: A
Re-evaluated grade: D

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