The Mariners acquired a right-handed outfielder from a Southern California team. No it isn’t Matt Kemp.
Seattle picked Chris Denorfia from the Padres in exchange for outfielder Abraham Almonte and right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen.
“I did talk to Jack (Zduriencik) and expressed how excited I was at the opportunity over the next two months,” he said. “I’m going to try and be myself and try to have some quality at-bats against lefties coming off the bench.”
Well, he might not be coming off the bench for manager Lloyd McClendon, who said he plans to play Denorfia in right field and play him a lot. When Michael Saunders comes back, you could see him platoon more. But for now, he’s going to play.
“We need offense and he’s a good hitter,” McClendon said. “Right now, my play is to play him and play him often. I’m not sure if it’s going to be a strict platoon, I can’t say that. He’s pretty adept against right-handers as well. He’s a professional hitter with a nice track record.”
That track record has taken a hit this year.
“These situations usually give you a shot in the arm,” McClendon said. “Hopefully, that’s the case here. I know he’s excited about coming here with a chance to win.”
Denorfia blossomed as a player for the Padres.
“I understand the situation I was in,” he said. “This is the way the game works. It’s very mixed emotions; I’m excited for the future. But this is the place that gave me a shot.”
It’s not obviously not a huge deal. But with the Mariners being forced to play Endy Chavez 4-5 times a week this is an upgrade. This is a rental acquisition. Denorfia will be a free agent after the season.
Yes, Denorfia is having a down year.
He does have decent career splits against lefties.
My general reaction to the trade is a shrug of the shoulders. Denorfia helps, but doesn’t help enough.
Almonte failed miserably this season as the starting center fielder. He’s been hitting .267 with a .333 on-base percentage since being sent to Tacoma.
Kohlscheen is a 6-6 righthander that worked mostly as a reliever. He has low to mid 90s fastball. Here’s his numbers.
Neither player is really considered a “prospect.”
Feel free to talk amongst yourselves.