MLB Rumors: Randy Arozarena Lands In Seattle in Proposed Trade

The Seattle Mariners are just fine in the pitching department—tops in baseball in WHIP, tops in opponents' batting average, and top 5 in ERA. But when it comes to their offense... not so much.

The AL West Division leaders are looking for a boost to their everyday lineup before the trade deadline later this month. They're dead-last in batting average and 27th in OPS. 

One player whose name has been bandied about as a possible trade candidate is Randy Arozarena of the Tampa Bay Rays. For any contender hoping to add a bat who can make an impact in the postseason, it would be hard to find a better solution than Arozarena, known for his playoff heroics in his time with the Rays. 

Tampa and Seattle had trade talks during the Hot Stove this past winter, and according to insider Jon Morosi, Arozarena's name came up.

With that in mind, Joel Reuter of Bleacher Report has proposed a trade that would send the 2023 All-Star outfielder to the Mariners. 

Seattle Mariners Receive:

  • Randy Arozarena

Tampa Bay Rays Receive:

  • SS Colt Emerson (No. 3 SEA prospect)
  • OF Jonatan Clase (No. 10 SEA prospect)
  • RHP Michael Morales (No. 12 SEA prospect)

The Rays, as they so often like to do, get to re-stock their prospect cupboard with a trio of very good ones from the M's organization. 

Emerson is the jewel of this bunch, a first-round pick in the 2023 MLB Draft by Seattle. He's the M's No. 3 prospect, and has a great hit tool, solid power and excellent skills at short. He's batting .288 this season in A-Ball.

For the Mariners, they get the ultimate playoff performer to inject into their lineup. He sports absolutely ridiculous playoff marks across nine postseason series and 128 at-bats, with a .336 average and an 1.104 OPS with a .690 slugging and .414 on-base.

Yes, Arozarena has had a disappointing first half of the 2024 season, batting just .197 with an OPS+ below the break-even point (90) for the first time in his career as a regular. But he has shown some power with 11 homers, but of course, the playoffs is when it really counts. 

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