5 Spring Training Trade Candidates the Mariners could target
3. Anthony Alford, OF Toronto Blue Jays
If you like Jose Siri, you’ll like Anthony Alford. He has elite speed with plus raw power but doesn’t have the glove Siri does, though he isn’t bad. Alford has gotten a few cups of coffee, leading to just 59 PAs in 3 seasons.
The results of those 59 PAs weren’t good. In fact, they stunk. He hit .145/.203/.218 in his limited chances. Even worse, he has a horrific 39% strikeout rate. This is all towards the effort of an 11 wRC+.
Alford will play his year as his age-25 season and needs to make the Blue Jays roster out of spring training. That isn’t likely, so Alford will likely hit waivers. Seattle has pretty good options in the outfield and without the ability to move Alford to Tacoma without him passing through waivers, it may be simpler to see if Alford clears and to attempt to get him on a minor league deal.
But if that is the case, why consider him at all. When I say elite speed, I don’t mean he’s fast. His sprint speed ranked in the 96th percentile. He puts on shows in batting practice and he did hit a little in AAA in 2019.
Alford isn’t sexy and may not be worth monitoring, but he is a good athlete that Dipoto loves to collect. If Jose Siri was interesting to the Mariners, Alford likely would be too.