Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers Swing Trade

The Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers have swapped pitchers, as the M's bring in an injury-plagued hurler who has some nasty stuff when healthy, Justin Topa, in return for an interesting prospect, Joseph Hernandez.  

For the Mariners, they're hoping that Topa's injury history is behind him at age-32. He's had two Tommy John surgeries, and flexor tendon surgery more recently. He's pitched just 45.1 innings over the past two seasons, majors and minors combined. But hey, in a late-season cameo with the Brewers, he struck out Aaron Judge. So... yeah, there's that.

He has a three-quarter delivery with some metrics that apparently belie his unfortunate 8.35 ERA in 18 total major league innings over the past three seasons.

The Brewers get 22-year-old Hernandez, who broke out in A-ball this past season with a 3.39 ERA in 22 starts, with a 1.14 WHIP and 11.5 K/9. 

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