Analyzing Every Seattle Mariners Jerry Dipoto Trade: 2015-16 Edition

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 30: GM Jerry Dipoto of the Seattle Mariners looks on from the dugout. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 30: GM Jerry Dipoto of the Seattle Mariners looks on from the dugout. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /
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Daniel Vogelbach of the Seattle Mariners walks towards the dugout after fouling out.
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Seattle Mariners 2016 Season Pre-Trade Deadline:

To Seattle: Joe Wieland

To Los Angeles: Erick Mejia

Mejia has actually appeared in 17 games with the Royals, but without much to show for it. Wieland made all of one unimpressive start for the Mariners in 2016, and that was that.

To Seattle: Nick Vincent

To San Diego: Cash

Vincent became a legitimate middle-relief option for the Mariners, even serving in the setup role at times in a solid three-year stint with the Mariners. He was also a workhorse out of the pen, appearing in 191 games and providing some stability when the team needed it.

The trade didn’t cost the Mariners much of anything either, so it is fair to say it was worth the small price.

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To Seattle: Zach Lee

To Los Angeles: Chris Taylor

Well, we all knew this one was coming. At the time, it really wasn’t even that bad of a trade. Chris Taylor didn’t appear to have much promise left at almost 26 years old and seemed headed to irrelevancy sooner rather than later.

But the trade to the Dodgers jumpstarted his career after making some batting stance adjustments, and he’s become an everyday player for the World Champs. Lee never appeared for the Mariners and left every Seattle fan wondering what could have been.

To Seattle: Wade LeBlanc

To Toronto: Cash

The first of LeBlanc’s stints in Seattle, he was effective both from the bullpen and in the rotation and quickly became a fan favorite in Seattle, ending up back in Seattle multiple times. As a general rule. if the team gave up cash to bring in a player of any caliber, they probably won the trade. Considering they actually got production from LeBlanc, it’s safe to say the Mariners did well here.

To Seattle: Dan Vogelbach, Paul Blackburn

To Chicago: Mike Montgomery, Jordan Pries

This is another tough deal to analyze. On one hand, Montgomery was a quality and versatile arm, and the Mariners had to watch him record the final out of the World Series in 2017.

But on the other hand, Vogelbach hit 30 bombs and was an All-Star for the M’s in 2019. Both teams got value out of this deal, so in some ways, it’s kind of a wash. Although the Cubs will probably take the World Series win over the All-Star nominee.

To Seattle: Drew Storen

To Toronto: Joaquin Benoit

This was simply a veteran reliever for veteran reliever swap and it generally worked out for both parties. Benoit was brilliant in Toronto, and Storen was solid in the back end of the bullpen for the Mariners as well. Not much “wow” factor, but an effective deal for the M’s.

To Seattle: Ariel Miranda

To Baltimore: Wade Miley

Miranda was a relative unknown who became a decent back-end starter for the Mariners over 43 appearances, including posting a 3.54 ERA after the team acquired him.

Miley struggled in Baltimore, but has since continued to find homes around the league. Finding a quality, cheap starter is always a luxury and Seattle did exactly that with Miranda in this deal. Lastly, the post trade deadline months.