Sunday 21st April 2024

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The Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins announced the trade of second baseman Jorge Polanco to the Mariners as part of a five-player deal. The Twins will receive right-handed pitchers Anthony DeSclafani, Justin Topa and Darren Bowen, outfielder Gabriel Gonzalez and cash considerations in the swap.

The 30-year-old Polanco, the 2019 All-Star hit .269 with 112 home runs over his first 10 seasons after. making his MLB debut for the Twins in 2014. He hit .295, his best average for a full season, with 22 home runs and 79 RBIs in 153 games in 2019; and last season hit .255 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs in 80 games, missing time because of knee and hamstring injuries along the way.

DeSclafani, 33, went 4-8 with a 4.88 ERA in 19 appearances last season for the San Francisco Giants. He owns a career 54-56 record with a 4.20 ERA over 180 career appearances, previously spending time in the Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays organizations. The Giants traded the veteran pitcher to the Mariners earlier this month.

Topa, 32, owns a career 5-5 record with a 3.81 ERA in 92 appearances after being drafted in 2013 by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Topa went 5-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 75 appearances last season for the Mariners, and also spent time with the Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers traded the pitcher to the Mariners on Jan. 7.

Gonzalez, 20, hit .302 with 32 home runs, 154 RBIs and 28 stolen bases in 237 games since 2021, at the minor league level, while in the Mariners organization. He hit .298 with 18 homers, 84 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 116 games last season at the Single-A and Advanced-A level. Meanwhile the 22-year-old Bowen was a 13th-round pick by the Mariners in the 2022 MLB Draft. He went 4-2 with a 3.88 ERA over 19 appearances last season for the Modesto Nuts, the Mariners’ Single-A affiliate.

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