Mariners Trade 1: MLB Talent Swap
Now, I know that the Twins may not have the biggest need for Haniger, but it does give them an outfielder that is under control, who is hitting very well this year. He’s sitting at .257/.311/.487, with 20 homers and 16 doubles. If not for the foul ball off the knee, he would be doing even better than that.
I mentioned Puckett’s Pond earlier, and they let us know that Haniger might not be realistic as a want/need because “Larnach, Kepler, and Kirilloff in the corners and Arraez, Donaldson, and Polanco all fighting for playing time.” Hear me out. He’s younger than his age because of the weird injury history and could provide a fill-in for Cruz at the DH spot, while spelling outfielders when need be.
He’s a good clubhouse guy, and could even become great trade bait next year if need be. If they need a new position due to outfield overabundance, he could help. Or, he provides insurance for the next time Byron Buxton inevitably gets hurt, unfortunately.
With Dunn, you get someone who can take a spot in the rotation instantly. He was at a 3.18 ERA before getting injured and trying to make two more starts through the shoulder pain. At just 25, he still is under control through 2025! That’s a lot of control and gives him better value than you would realize at first glance.