BREAKING: Twins & Mariners Complete Big Trade

The Seattle Mariners have finalized a trade with the Minnesota Twins, acquiring second baseman Jorge Polanco, a move that is poised to bolster their infield.

Polanco, who has been a key player for the Twins, has demonstrated resilience and skill, particularly between 2019 and 2021 when he was an almost constant presence in the lineup.

Despite battling knee and hamstring issues in the following seasons, Polanco remained a vital part of the Twins' offense, showcasing his abilities as a switch-hitter.

In the 2023 season, he maintained a commendable performance with a .255 batting average, 14 home runs, and 48 RBIs over 80 games​.

The decision to trade Polanco was influenced by the Twins' need to rebuild and restructure their roster, especially after a season that saw them hamstrung by limited flexibility in free agency.

Polanco, considered one of the team's most valuable assets, was traded to address these needs and to fill the gap left by Sonny Gray, aiming to replicate the success of the previous season​.

In return for Polanco, the Mariners sent a package of four players to the Twins.

This includes reliever Justin Topa, right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, outfielder Gabriel Gonzalez, who is ranked as the No. 79 prospect, and minor league right-hander Darren Bowen.

This trade highlights the Mariners' intent to strengthen their team while also showing the Twins' strategy of acquiring multiple talents to ensure depth and potential future growth​. Photo Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports