Seattle Mariners: The four trades Jerry Dipoto actually lost
THE FORGOTTEN ONE
Instead of Trumbo, the Mariners elected to go with Adam Lind as their starting first baseman in 2016. It… did not go well. While Lind was able to match his 2015 total of home runs at 20, his average and on-base percentage dropped 48 and 74 points, respectively. Eventually, he found himself in a platoon with Mariners legend Dae-Ho Lee and became an absolute non-factor for the Mariners, though he did provide a pair of memorable walk-off home runs against the White Sox and Cardinals.
This is far from the first time Dipoto acquired a player who simply didn’t work out in Seattle, but that’s not why the Lind deal has landed on this list. It’s the combination of how Lind ultimately replaced Trumbo and what the Mariners gave up in the deal.
At the time, the trio of young right-handed arms the Mariners dealt to Milwaukee didn’t feel like much. The former international signees had very little professional experience under their belt and weren’t necessarily pegged as surefire major leaguers. That would remain true on both Daniel Missaki and Carlos Herrera, but Freddy Peralta was a different story.
Peralta quickly shot through the Brewers’ organizational ranks, garnering attention and praise from national scouts and analysts. Suddenly, Peralta became one of Milwaukee’s prospects and has spent the majority of this last year or so on their 25-man roster.
The 23-year-old was impressive in his 16 appearances last year, posting a 4.25 ERA with an excellent 11.03 K/9. This year has been a struggle for him, with Craig Counsell primarily using him out of the bullpen. Even then, the Brewers got the best value out of this deal, getting a young arm that’s controllable for years to come. All for a rental first baseman with a horrible goatee. Sigh.