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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OF CAMERON MAYBIN

ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 15: Cameron Maybin #10 of the Seattle Mariners can not catch a ball hit by David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a double in the first inning at Angel Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 15: Cameron Maybin #10 of the Seattle Mariners can not catch a ball hit by David Fletcher #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a double in the first inning at Angel Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

Oof…

The Mariners weren’t getting the offensive production they desired out of the center field position from Guillermo Heredia. They needed to supplement the position with a better bat even if that meant sacrificing some defense.

In Cameron Maybin, the Mariners acquired a player they viewed as that necessary offensive upgrade, but also as someone who projected to even fare better than Heredia in the field.

Ironically, Heredia and Maybin have nearly identical slash lines since August 1st, while Heredia has been a significantly better defender in center field. Scratch that – Heredia has actually been a better all-around player, slashing .231/.273/.307 to Maybin’s .210/.264/.284 since the latter’s arrival.

Not only has Maybin’s poor play hurt the Mariners in 2018, but perhaps long-term as well. Giving up Bryson Brigman was a tough pill to swallow; though a future in the Mariners organization was rather unlikely, Brigman was starting to develop into a solid prospect that could have netted the M’s better value had they held onto him a bit longer.

In 29 games in the Marlins’ system, Brigman slashed .327/.361/.407 for a 120 wRC+. We’ll see how that translates to a full season in 2019, but it’s definitely a bit discouraging to see as a Mariners fan.

While I don’t expect Brigman to become a starter at the Major League level, the Mariners definitely gave up on him too early for a player with plenty of question marks in Maybin.

I wasn’t a fan of it when it happened, and I’m definitely not a fan of it now. It’s definitely one of the worst trades Jerry Dipoto has made in his time with the Mariners. Just an awful deal.

Initial grade: C
Re-evaluated grade: F-

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