Seattle Mariners Busy Day 1 of Mock Off-Season

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 07: Keon Broxton #23 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates after hitting a solo homerun in the ninth inning of Game Three of the National League Division Series off outfield Wade Davis #71 of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 07: Keon Broxton #23 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates after hitting a solo homerun in the ninth inning of Game Three of the National League Division Series off outfield Wade Davis #71 of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Ryon Healy to Texas Rangers for Delino DeShields Jr.

SEATTLE, WA – MAY 30: Centerfielder Delino DeShields #3 of the Texas Rangers makes a catch at the warning track on a ball hit y Gordon Beckham #1 of the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning of a game at Safeco Field on May 30, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – MAY 30: Centerfielder Delino DeShields #3 of the Texas Rangers makes a catch at the warning track on a ball hit y Gordon Beckham #1 of the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning of a game at Safeco Field on May 30, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /

So long Ryon, we hardly knew thee. In what is likely an eyebrow-raising trade, trading Healy for DeShields may not make much sense.

After all, Healy has 4 years of club control remaining, and DeShields is in year 1 of arbitration. In addition, DeShields wasn’t very good last year and even had some harsh words for the Rangers when they sent him down. So what gives?

Honestly, this is just us seeing an opportunity at value and taking it. DeShields did slash .269/.347/.367 in 2017. He also steals bases, takes walks, and plays solid defense in all 3 OF spots.

Adding DeShields to our OF mix gives us a bit of flexibility in the trade market, as well as a really good 4th OF. Ryon Healy wasn’t a fit with what we were looking for and opens up first base to keep our lineup flexible.

Now I know what you’re thinking: with Healy gone, that means more playing time for Dan Vogelbach right? Uh… well… sorry.

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