Mariners Wanted ANOTHER Big Name Included In Recent Trade With Twins

The Seattle Mariners, in their quest to strengthen their lineup, engaged in trade discussions with the Minnesota Twins, culminating in the acquisition of Jorge Polanco.

However, the Mariners' ambitions didn't stop there; they expressed interest in adding outfielder Max Kepler to the deal.

Despite the Mariners' inquiries about Kepler's availability during the trade negotiations, these discussions did not progress to a concrete agreement.

Kepler, known for his solid performance with a batting average of .260, 24 home runs, and 66 RBIs in 2023, remained with the Twins despite the trade talks.

His nine-year tenure with Minnesota has been marked by a consistent display of talent, contributing to the team with a total of 153 home runs and 466 RBIs​, despite fluctuating batting averages.

The trade that was finalized saw Polanco moving to the Mariners in exchange for a package that included right-handed starter Anthony DeSclafani, right-handed reliever Justin Topa, and a couple of minor league prospects, alongside some cash considerations.

Polanco, who has been with the Twins for a decade, is expected to take over as the starting second baseman for Seattle.

Despite battling injuries that limited his appearances to 80 games in 2023, Polanco managed to hit .255 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs, showcasing his ability to contribute significantly to his team's offensive efforts​.

The trade underscores the Mariners' intentions to be competitive in 2024, signaling their strategy of being active buyers in the market to bolster their roster.

While they successfully secured Polanco, their interest in Kepler highlights their broader approach to improving the team, seeking players who can provide depth and versatility to their lineup. Photo Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports