What is our obsession with acquiring outfielders?
A quick overview on the players we've acquired
By Jason A. Churchill By 07-31-2012
The Seattle Mariners made two deals that were finalized just after Monday night's game, sending two relievers to two contenders in exchange for three players.
In return for Brandon League, the M's receive prospects Logan Bawcom and Leon Landry. Bawcom is a 23-year-old right-handed reliever performing well in Double-A Chattanooga.
His fastball sits in the 91-93 mph range but he's been up to 95 this season and also offers a slider and changeup. Bawcom projects as a 7th inning arm and could see the big leagues as early as September.
Landry, a 2010 draftee out of LSU, is a 22-year-old left-handed hitter with above-average speed and more than gap power. He's a solid defender in center field, very strong despite being just 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds. He's a bit of a free-swinger, however, but makes decent contact, having whiffed just 52 times in just under 370 plate appearances.
Landry is likely a fourth outfielder, but could force the issue on more regular play with progress with the approach at the plate. He;s very aggressive and isn't keen on drawing walks, but he has a history, all the way back to college, of being patient.
The Toronto Blue Jays, who have acquired Steve Delabar, send outfielder Eric Thames to the Mariners. Thames started the season in the big leagues and might have been on his way back there with Travis Snider being dealt Monday night, too.
Instead, Thames is likely headed to the big leagues in Seattle, replacing Carlos Pegeuero, I presume.
Thames is a nice piece, though not an impact player of any kind. Thames is basically the matured version of Landry minus the foot speed. He does offer strong platoon potential.
The M's did pretty well tonight, considering the bait.
Good to see we've kept Vargas (so far) *knocks on wood*Edited by Elpablo21 - 7/31/12 at 7:54am