Monday, July 19, 2010

Transaction Tracker: Seattle Mariners

Let's take a look at...more than a handful of trades by Seattle. I'll combine all players involved in these trades into two lists, to show who they (really) gave up and who they (really) now have, plus those who they received that did not leave again via trade. After this long list I'll review how all the trades interact and affect one another. (Note: all these players are in some way or another linked to at least other.)



Out:
Mike Campell, P Mark Langston, OF Ken Griffey Jr., JJ Putz, C/1B Jeff Clement, IF Luis Valbuena, IF Ramon Vazquez, SS Juan Diaz, Aaron Taylor, Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin, Nathan Adcock

In:
OF Franklin Gutierrez, 1B Russell Branyan, SS Jack Wilson, OF Franklin Gutierrez, 1B Mike Carp, OF Ryan Langerhans, Jason Vargas, Ian Snell, Garrett Olson, Maikel Cleto, *OF Mike Cameron, *OF Endy Chavez, *IF Ramon Santiago, *C Tom Lampkin, *C Miguel Ojeda, *IF Alex Arias, *P John Halama, *P Jesse Foppert, *P Brian Holman, *P Wascar Serrano, *P Jake Meyer, *P Nathanel Mateo, *P Jose De La Cruz, *OF Will Taylor, *OF Juan Gonzalez (not the one you think)

*no longer with team

OK, this will be a big post. In 1989 the Expos' Randy Johnson was traded to the Mariners along with Holman and Gene Harris (Will Taylor) for pitchers Campbell and Langston. In 1998, Johnson netted the M's Freddy Garcia, Halama, and Carlos Guillen. Guillen was traded to Detroit in 2004 for Santiago and the not-so-famous Gonzalez. Garcia was flipped along with Ben Davis (acquired along with Arias and Serrano from the Padres for Lampkin, Vazquez, and Brett Tomko—who we'll talk about again in a bit) to the ChiSox for Mike Morse (Langerhans), Miguel Olivo (Ojeda and Mateo), and Jeremy Reed. Reed was included in GM Jack Zduriencik's three team trade that brought in Ezequiel Carrera (who along with Diaz reacquired Branyan), Cleto, Carp, Vargas, Gutierrez, Chavez, and Aaron Heilman (quickly exchanged for Ronny Cedeno and Olson). A player lost in this specific deal, Sean Green, was acquired four years earlier for Aaron Taylor. Speaking previously of Cedeno, he was part of the M's five-player package built around Clement dealt to the Pirates for Wilson and Snell. The other three players were minor league pitchers Pribanic, Lorin, and Adcock. Now back to Tomko. He came to Seattle in the infamous Griffey trade from the Reds along with Cameron, Meyer, and Antonio Perez. Perez was then shipped to the then Devil Rays for Randy Winn, later traded for Foppert and Yorvit Torrealba. Torrealba was sent to the Rockies for Marcos Carvajal, who eventually landed in Tampa for De La Cruz. So in hindsight...very, very far-off hindsight...and considering the multiple GMs that facilitated these trades...how has this organization fared? There current roster is largely affected by these trades. Though it has struggled in 2010, it still has a bright future.

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