Seattle Mariners Sign Former Electrifying Prospect

The Seattle Mariners have signed outfielder Victor Robles, a former top prospect, to a major league deal following his release from the Washington Nationals.

Once ranked among the elite prospects in baseball, Robles showed tremendous potential in the minors with an impressive .875 OPS and 55 extra-base hits in 2017, which quickly transitioned to major league promise.

His tenure with the Nationals peaked in 2019 when he not only delivered 17 home runs and 65 RBIs but also played a pivotal role in securing the Nationals’ World Series title with standout defensive plays.

Despite his early success, Robles's career has been hindered by injuries and a declining performance at the plate, resulting in a .236 career batting average over 530 games.

His struggles culminated in his designation for assignment by the Nationals, after limited playtime restricted to just 50 games since the start of 2023.

The Mariners, however, see potential in Robles, particularly in matchups against left-handed pitchers, which could maximize his strengths and contribute to their outfield depth.

Financially, the move is a low-risk investment for Seattle, as they are only responsible for the prorated portion of the league minimum salary, $740,000, while the Nationals cover the remainder of his $2.65 million salary for the year.

This arrangement allows the Mariners to potentially benefit from Robles's defensive skills and speed without a significant financial burden, providing him with an opportunity to rejuvenate his career in a new setting.

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