Update: The Mariners’ home games Tuesday and Wednesday against Oakland have been postponed to allow for more testing following a positive test among the A’s while in Houston. Makeup dates have yet to be released.
In a bid to get younger, baseball’s youngest team, the Seattle Mariners, Sunday night swapped three veterans 27 or older — C Austin Nola, 30, and relief pitchers Austin Adams, 28, who hasn’t pitched in 11 months, Dan Altavilla, 27, who has pitched poorly — for four prospects 26 or under from San Diego.
Right at Monday’s 1 p.m, trade deadline, the Mariners traded with the Padres again, sending reliever Taylor Williams, 29, to San Diego for a player to be named, who won’t be selected until after the season. In 14 appearances for Seattle, Williams, from Camas, WA., had six saves and a 5.93 ERA.
“We are excited to add four talented players to the Mariners organization, all of whom are playing in their age-25 or younger seasons,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a club release. “Ty France has shown the ability to play the corners of the diamond, while providing pop at the plate. Andres Muñoz is an electric arm, who at 21, has already gained experience at the big league level.
“Luis Torrens receives well behind the plate and has the ability to be a productive hitter at the major league level. Taylor Trammell is a dynamic player who has an advanced left-handed bat, speed on the bases and above-average defense in the outfield.”
The key acquisition is Trammel (6-2, 213), ranked the No. 60 overall prospect by MLB Pipeline, and 68th by FanGraphs and has twice been selected to the Futures Game. In 2019, he hit a combined .234 (102×436) with 61 runs, 12 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and 43 RBI in 126 games split between Double-A Chattanooga (CIN) and Double-A Amarillo (SD).
France slashed .309/.377/.491 with nine runs, four doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI in 20 games with San Diego this season. He has appeared at first base and third base. In 69 games with the Padres last season, he slashed .234/.294/.402 with eight doubles, seven home runs, 24 RBI. He was the Pacific Coast League MVP and rookie of the year.
Munoz underwent Tommy John surgery in March and won’t be available until next year. He has a fastball that topped out at 103 mph in 2019. In 22 appearances for the Padres last year, he was 1-1 with a save and a 3.91 ERA with 11 walks and 30 strikeouts.
Torrens (6-0, 208) had seven games with the Padres this season (3×11), and last year AA Amarillo was a Texas League all-star selection (105×350), batting .300 with 23 doubles, 15 home runs, 62 RBI and 42 walks, a .373 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage.
Nola was held out of the Mariners’ 2-1 win Sunday in Anaheim in anticipation of the trade. In 29 games, he was a bit of a star, hitting .306 with 15 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, five home runs, 19 RBI, and a .903 OPS. At the beginning of the season, he was set as the backup to Tom Murphy, who broke a bone in his foot and may not play in this 60-game season.
None of the four traded players figured to be a part of the Mariners’ long-term future. This season is a competitive throwaway as the club builds depth for a run perhaps in 2022.
The Mariners (15-22) beat the Angels (12-24) Monday 2-1 (box) for a split of the four-game series in Anaheim, after taking two of three from the Padres in San Diego. Marco Gonzales pitched a complete game four-hitter and struck out eight, including three against Mike Trout. Jose Marmolejos hit a solo homer in the sixth inning for the game winner.