Mariner prospect heads to the Bay

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President of Baseball Operations, Jerry Dipoto seems to have San Francisco Giants, general manager, Brian Saban on speed dial. We’ve seen Dipoto ship out Jacob Nottingham, Mike Ford, and Donnie Walton to the Bay Area-based team. Feel free to add outfielder, Jack Larsen to the list of former Mariners who became Giants.

Larsen filled the fifth outfielder role for Tacoma, as Adam Engel, Cade Marlowe, and Taylor Trammell, and Zach Deloach took most of the playing time for the Rainiers. This move probably signals an upcoming promotion for one of the Arkansas Traveler’s outfielders (Isaiah Gilliam or Spencer Packard).

The return is currently listed as a player to be named later, which means the quality depends on Larsen’s performance with the Giants. If he excels for the Sacramento River Cats and comes up to the show, we could see a decent prospect. Don’t get your hopes up though. I don’t think Saban is looking to trade us another Prelander Berroa.

However, this should end up being a cash transaction as the Giants have a deep outfield as well. The only thing helping Larsen is that he can also play first base and bats left-handed.  

The 28-year-old carries an above-average hit tool and decent speed, but he never really had a chance of cracking the Mariners outfielder rotation. Especially, with the emergence of Jared Kelenic this season.