Jerry Dipoto has begun his offseason shopping early. Dipoto made his first move of the offseason, a few days after the Astros celebrated in LA. Dipoto claimed utility man Andrew Romine off of the Tigers. It wasn’t a big move, but it will ultimately improve their depth. Yesterday however, the Mariners added a young power bat to their lineup.
The Athletics were rumored to be shopping Ryon Healy, a young first baseman coming off his second year in the majors. Healy hit .271 with 25 home runs last season. The Mariners were looking to add a first baseman, after losing Yonder Alonso to free agency, who is coming off a career year.
The Mariners ended up being the team for the Athletics. The two clubs agreed on a deal yesterday, sending Healy to Seattle for the impressive rookie reliever Emilio Pagan and rookie ball prospect Alexander Campos. Pagan, pitched in 35 games last season, closing out 9 of them. Pagan finished with a .212 opponent batting average, and a .246 opponent on base percentage. Alexander Campos, is a young shortstop who hit .290 in 59 games in rookie ball, with an on base of .413. Campos signed with Seattle in July of 2016 out of Venezuela.
The Mariners may not be done adding bats, with a possible platoon role for the new first baseman in Healy. Last season, Healy hit .257 against righties, but was much better against southpaws, hitting .314. Seattle may still look for a possible platoon partner for Healy. Dan Vogelbach could be an option, but he has really struggled since his debut in the majors.
Oakland will most likely keep Emilio Pagan in their bullpen, and he will battle it out in spring training for a potential setup or closer role. As for the A’s’ first basemen, the exit of Healy will open the door for Matt Olson and possibly Renato Nunez.
It is hard saying who really won this deal, but given the fact Oakland also received a good looking prospect and a breakout rookie reliever, I would have to give the W to the White Elephants.