Brandon League was all but assured to be changing uniforms before Tuesdays trade deadline, and after Mondays 4-1 win against Toronto, it was made official. League was sent to the Dodgers for Leon Landry and Logan Bawcom. Jack Zduriencik was not done dealing and the second second move was much more of a surprise, as it was someone who had not been discussed much, but the Mariners also agreed to send Steve Delabar to Toronto for Eric Thames.
Eric Thames (OF) – Thames is a 25 year old outfielder with some big league experience. He started the year in Toronto, but was sent down after putting up .243/.288/.365 in 46 games. In AAA Las Vegas, Thames posted a .335/.412/.536 line in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. After watching Carlos Peguero attempt to play major league baseball and fail again, it would not be a surprise to see him swap with Thames tomorrow, sending Peguero back down to Tacoma. Potential 4th OF.
Leon Landry (OF) – Speedy 22 year old outfielder in high A Ranch Cucamonga. .328/.358/.559 are the numbers he posted in the hitter friendly CAL League. Has some speed, and looks to be in a similar mold of Trayvon Robinson. Still young.
Logan Bawcom (RHP) – Bawcom is 23 and projects to be a decent bullpen piece. He is currently in AA and has 36 K’s in 34.2 IP, that comes after being promoted from high A where he whiffed 24 in 14 IP. He has a fastball, changeup, and slider.
Now comes the corresponding moves for the Mariners. Carter Capps dominated in his first AAA appearance in Tucson, striking out 3 of 4 batters faced, making that potentially his first and last AAA appearance. Stephen Pryor is another name that is back to healthy and has been throwing well in Tacoma. Would not be surprised to see both Capps and Pryor to replace League and Delabar.
Neither of these Trades are blockbusters, but they turned a guy in League who had no value for this team beyond the deadline into a couple of young players. While Landry’s bat is not expected to ever be an impact one, he is worth a look at the age of 22. Speed in Safeco never hurts. Bawcom is a guy that is also intriguing. If he can be a contributor out of the pen in the next year or two at the Major League level, this trade is a win. The fact that nobody was even talking about Delabar, and now he has brought the team Eric Thames who is a legit 4th OF option is great. I would like to see anyone get AB’s to see what they have, we have seen plenty of Carlos Peguero, he is not the answer in any way. Again, neither are blockbusters, but both have potential to bring major league contributors, that is always a good thing.