LHP ROENIS ELÍAS & RHP HUNTER STRICKLAND – 2019 WASHINGTON NATIONALS
The most recent names on the list, Roenis Elías and Hunter Strickland were traded by the Mariners to the eventual champion Nationals at last year’s trade deadline for pitchers Aaron Fletcher, Taylor Guilbeau, and Elvis Alvarado.
Elías was one of the lone bright spots in a Seattle bullpen that had been decimated by trades the past offseason and injuries throughout the regular season, but wasn’t good enough to the point that made his price tag too rich for other teams. Therefore, he was quite the attractive piece to those that inquired about his services. Strickland, on the other hand, appeared in just four games for the Mariners after signing with them in the offseason; he suffered a Grade 2 lat muscle strain early in the season and didn’t return until the week he was traded to Washington.
Ironically, of the two, Strickland was the only one to appear in a postseason game for the Nationals. Elías’ season came to an abrupt end after straining his hamstring in early September. Neither he nor Strickland appeared in the World Series for the Nats, but did come away with World Series rings after starting the season with a rebuilding Mariners team.