Seattle Mariners December 2015
To Seattle: Steve Clevenger
To Baltimore: C.J. Riefenhauser, Mark Trumbo
Yikes. Trumbo didn’t fit into Jerry Dipoto’s plans either, but he proceeded to 47 home runs the following year in Baltimore. Clevenger wasn’t any good on the field, and then proceeded to come under fire for racist comments which led to his suspension and subsequent release. Riefenhauser never appeared for either team.
To Seattle: Ryne Harper
To Atlanta: Jose Ramirez
Ramirez had two solid years for Atlanta, after a brief stint in Seattle (phew, it’s not THE JOSE RAMIREZ). Harper was in the Seattle Mariners system for a couple of years, and did get promoted at one point but never made an appearance with the club.
He’s actually turned into a solid reliever though for Minnesota and Washington, but this trade wasn’t a particularly impactful one to the Seattle Mariners.
To Seattle: Jonathan Aro, Wade Miley
To Boston: Carson Smith, Roenis Elias
At the time, this trade was met with intense backlash. Smith was a rising star in the bullpen and Elias had flashed solid potential as a starter. Miley was established at the time but had never exactly been an ace.
The Seattle Mariners didn’t get a ton out of this deal, with just 19 starts from Miley and one appearance from Aro, but Smith never reached his potential due to lingering issues and Elias ended up back in Seattle twice. At the end of the day, it was a solid enough deal for Jerry Dipoto.
To Seattle: Evan Scribner
To Oakland: Trey Cochran-Gill
Cochran-Gill never made it above AA and is currently pitching in independent ball while Scribner appeared in 20 games for the Mariners with a 3.80 ERA. Not a hugely impactful deal on either side, but the M’s at least got something out of Scribner.
To Seattle: Adam Lind
To Milwaukee: Carlos Herrera, Daniel Missaki, Freddy Peralta
The Mariners got essentially what they expected in Lind, as he hit 20 home runs and slashed .239/.286./.431 in his lone year in Seattle. Missaki never pitched in the Brewers organization and Herrera never made it above A-ball. But boy oh boy did the Mariners make a mistake with Peralta.
The 25-year old righty has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year, boasting a 2.79 FIP and a 2.4 WAR, placing him 13th in the league as he is likely headed to Colorado for the All-Star game in a couple of weeks. With the Seattle Mariners rotation ravaged by injuries this season, this one stings just a little bit extra than it already would have.
To Seattle: Cash
To Los Angeles: Tyler Olson
Olson was a Gonzaga product that never pitched for the Dodgers, but did end up appearing in another 113 games with the Yankees and Indians, including a dominant 2017 in which he didn’t yield a run in 30 appearances.
Considering the Mariners got nothing of substance in return, they maybe wish they had kept the southpaw reliever. Now, onto the months leading up to the trade deadline.