Mariners still shopping after dealing League, Delabar
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik announced the trades of former All-Star closer Brandon League and right-handed reliever Steve Delabar moments after Seattle beat Toronto on Monday night and he might not be done dealing just yet.
League was sent to the Dodgers for a pair of prospects, while Delabar went to the Blue Jays for outfielder Eric Thames..
Thames is currently in Triple-A and having a big year, but has spent parts of the past two seasons with Toronto and will join the Mariners on Tuesday. Expect him to replace Carlos Peguero, who was packing his bags post-game and likely is headed back to Tacoma after struggling as Ichiro Suzuki’s fill-in following his trade to the Yankees.
Peguero has hit just .146 and struck out 22 times in 41 at-bats. Thames, 25, hit .257 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 510 at-bats over the past two years with Toronto.
As for the two prospects in the League deal, outfielder Leon Landry is a 22-year-old putting up big numbers in Class-A ball. He’ll report to the Mariners’ High Desert team. And right-handed pitcher Logan Bawcom is a 23-year-old reliever who has 20 saves and a 2.03 ERA while splitting time between the Dodgers’ A and AA teams this season.
What might be left for the Mariners? Starters Kevin Millwood and Jason Vargas could be available in the right scenarios and catcher Miguel Olivo presumably is being shopped as well as a veteran in the final months of his contract and having lost much of his playing time to Jesus Montero and John Jaso.
“We have conversations going on,” Zduriencik said. “You don’t know where it’ll lead from here. But we’ll see. We’ve been working on these other trades for a while and this is where we settled [on Monday night].”
– Greg Johns