Sprinkles: Mariners get some contact
The lineup currently has a lot of swing-and-miss with Julio Rodriguez, Teoscar Hernandez, Eugenio Suarez, and Cal Raleigh. There is a need for more contact, even if it is off the bench. I’d make a prospect-for-prospect trade with the Rays, who currently have a bunch of expendable middle infielders (Brujan, Mead, Walls).
I’d leverage a longstanding relationship (12 previous trades) and call our old friends in Tampa Bay and ask if they’d be willing to part with Vidal Brujan. He’s mashed in the minors last year accumulating a slash line of .292/.369/.440. He also excels at making contact (9.6 BB% – 16.7 k%). With all of that success, he’s lost his prospect shine because of struggles at MLB level over the past two seasons.
The best part of his game and this roster is the versatility to play all around the diamond and provide plus speed off the bench. The Mariners could start Brujan in Tacoma to get the CTZ approach down pat and possibly bring him up later in the year. Or he may beat out fan favorite Sam Haggerty out of Spring Training and provide switch-hitting versatility with a little more upside off the bench to compliment veteran Dylan Moore.
Sure it’s not the ‘cake’ we all envisioned when this hot stove season began. That concoction included one of the four superstar shortstops, an on-base machine who plays the outfield, and possibly some bullpen help. But this one might suffice, especially if the icing pans out.