Mariners Acquire Healy From Division Rival Athletics
The first major trade of the offseason has been completed. Unsurprisingly, Jerry Dipoto played a role in it.
The Mariners traded shortstop prospect Alexander Campos and righthanded reliever Emilio Pagan to the Athletics in exchange for slugging first baseman Ryon Healy on Wednesday night.
It is the second time in three months the Mariners sought out the Athletics to solve their first base problem. Dipoto acquired Yonder Alonso from the A’s in a waiver trade in August. Alonso is now a free agent.
Athletics acquire: Alexander Campos, SS (Rookie-level DSL)
The A's are trading the known for the unknown. The headliner they received in return for Healy is a 17-year-old shortstop who is likely four to six years away from the majors. Campos ranked No. 49 on the BA’s International Top 50 in 2016 and signed for $575,000, the most the Mariners spent on an international signee that year. He made his professional debut this season in the Dominican Summer League, hitting .290/.413/.397, and ranked No. 10 on the Mariners midseason top prospects list. Campos is a speedy shortstop who projects to be an above-average defender with a plus arm. Offensively he could be an average hitter but with very modest, well below-average power. He is very advanced for his age and may move quicker than most teenage shortstops when he comes to the United States in 2018. Campos projects as a potential solid-average everyday shortstop down the road, but he'll need time and there's a lot of development ahead.
Emilio Pagan, RHP
Pagan pitched for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and made his big league debut in 2017, posting a 3.22 ERA with 56 strikeouts and just eight walks in 50.1 innings out of the Mariners bullpen. The 2013 10th-round pick out of Belmont Abbey works primarily with a 94-97 mph fastball and 83-87 mph slider and will have a chance to earn a high-leverage role in the Athletics bullpen.
Ryon Healy, 1B
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Mariners first basemen hit .245/.313/.396 in 2017, the lowest OPS in the majors. Healy, a 2013 third-round pick out of Oregon, represents a significant upgrade as a career .282/.313/.475 hitter since making his debut midway through 2016.