Mariners Trade Target: New York Yankees – LHP Lucas Luetge
The Seattle Mariners used to have a lefty reliever in their bullpen back from 2012-2015, and that is Lucas Luetge. He was never anything too special when he was with the Mariners, but he was a nice LOOGY(Left-handed One Out Guy). That role of a specialized left on left reliever who faces one batter is gone now due to the three batter minimum rule, but Luetge had a career resurgence last year with the Yankees.
Luetge did not pitch in the big leagues from 2016-2020, but he made it back with the Yankees last year to have a great season. He appeared in 57 games, accumulated 72.1 innings, had a career high K/9 of 9.71, an ERA of 2.74, a FIP of 2.84, and was worth 1.5 WAR. His numbers show that he was a very quality reliever last year, and he would certainly be worth adding to the Mariners bullpen.
He was very reliable last year for the Yankees, and he would certainly be a good add for the Mariners. He would fill the M’s hole at lefty reliever. Currently they have Anthony Misiewicz, Aaron Fletcher, Justus Sheffield, and Nick Margevicius on their roster as possible left handed relievers. Trading for Luetge would be a fairly cheap way to add a proven lefty to the mix.
In this proposal, the Yankees would be getting a very young reliever in Luis Curvelo. He was in Modesto last year at high A, and he offers future help for the Bronx bombers in their ‘pen. Trading Luetge also frees up a 40 man roster spot for the Yankees, and that has more value that it may seem.
If the Yankees go after a big name free agent, they have to clear 40 man space, and sending Luetge to the Mariners would help do that. Luetge is a very interesting name for the Mariners bullpen, and it would be fun to see him return to Seattle. Next up is an option for third base that no one has talked about yet.