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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Angie Mentink joins in on the Seattle Mariners celebration.
SEATTLE, WA – JULY 22: Ben Gamel #16 of the Seattle Mariners gets a celebratory Gatorade bath during a postgame. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /

Seattle Mariners 2016 Post Trade Deadline:

To Seattle: Arquimedes Caminero

To Pittsburgh: Pedro Vasquez, Jake Brentz

Caminero was a flamethrower that was relatively effective in a brief stint with the team in 2016. Vasquez reached Triple-A with the Pirates, but the real loss in this deal is Brentz.

While his underlying numbers aren’t stellar, he’s posted a 2.52 ERA in 30 games with the Kansas City Royals. His command can be iffy at times, but he’s proven to be an effective bullpen piece, something the Mariners could use at the moment.

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To Seattle: Pat Venditte

To Toronto: PTBNL (Tim Lopes)

Venditte was unique as a switch-pitcher, but wasn’t particularly good in seven games with the Mariners. But the team ended up getting Lopes back in 2019, so they really didn’t lose much in hindsight.

To Seattle: Cash

To San Diego: Luis Sardinas

Sardinas actually hit well directly after the trade for the Padres, but hasn’t played in the bigs since 2018. The Mariners just got cash in return so this deal pretty much goes down as a largely irrelevant trade.

To Seattle: Ben Gamel

To New York: Jio Orozco, Juan De Paula

Orozco and De Paula have hung around the minors, but neither has done much in terms of making progress through the systems (De Paula is now in Toronto). Gamel on the other hand became a really solid outfielder for the Mariners and even led the American League in hitting in the later stages of July.

Orozco and De Paula seem like long shots to make it to the Show, so this one can be chalked up as a definitive trade victory for the M’s.

To Seattle: Cash

To Pittsburgh: Wade LeBlanc

The Mariners dealt LeBlanc for very little return in September, but LeBlanc wound up returning to Seattle the following season so it’s hard to dispute how the Mariners came out in this one.

To Seattle: Cash

To Atlanta: Joe Wieland

Wieland never pitched in the majors again after being traded, so it’s hard to really look at this one in any other way than being an irrelevant September deal.

What do you think of all of these trades? Definitely not Jerry Dipoto’s best year as the Seattle Mariners GM. Stay tuned for more analyses on the moves Jerry Dipoto has made.

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