Seattle Mariners trade rumors finally led to something on deadline day. The Mariners trade for outfielder Chris Denorfia of the San Diego Padres as a way to add a right-handed bat to the lineup. According to a report from ESPN on Thursday (July 31), the Mariners send outfielder Abraham Almonte, their opening day starter in center field, and right-handed minor league pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen to the Padres. On the surface, it might not be quite the deal that fans had hoped to see.
Denorfia is a 34-year-old veteran that was hitting .242 with one home run, 10 doubles, and 16 RBIs in 89 games for the Padres this season. He becomes an inexpensive option for the Mariners to add to the 25-man roster, but more importantly, it gives the team an outfielder that can hit from the right side of the plate. Normal starters Dustin Ackley, Endy Chavez, and James Jones are all left-handed hitters, making it tough for the team to match-up with opponents.
In the updated 2014 MLB standings, the Mariners are third in the wild card race behind the Los Angeles Angels and Toronto Blue Jays. They are three games behind the Blue Jays for that second slot with a 55-52 record, showing that the team had to start making moves now if they didn't want to fall completely out of the race. There is a lot of work left to be done, but it looks like this is the first of two deals that the team will make to improve the current roster.
There was talk that another deal could be close to completion as well, with the Seattle Mariners trade rumors linking the team to the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays in a rare three-team baseball deal. This could land the team another weapon in the batting order, with the early suggestion that David Price will go to the Tigers as part of it all. It will be very interesting to see how it all plays out when the smoke clears on Thursday.