Sailors land All-Star Winker, Suárez in trade with Reds

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The Seattle Mariners acquired All-Star outfielder Jesse Winker and third baseman Eugenio Suárez from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday in exchange for a group of players.

The trade gives the Mariners what they coveted for their batting order. They get a left-handed hitter who can play in the outfield and a corner infielder with major power just three seasons away from hitting 49 homers.

Seattle is sending pitcher Justin Dunn, outfielder Jake Fraley and top pitching prospect Brandon Williamson and a player to be named to the Reds.

“We are incredibly excited to acquire two All-Star caliber players,” Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “Jesse has been one of the best offensive players in the league over the past two seasons, while Suárez brings a long track record as a power hitter. Our goal is to make the playoffs this year, and we believe these additions give us the necessary depth and impact in our roster to compete for one of these spots.

Winker is coming off the best season of his career after hitting .305 with 24 home runs and 71 RBIs. He’s precisely the type of player Dipoto said last week he hoped to add to the roster.

Winker looks likely to be in a rotation in left field and will get plenty of batting as a designated hitter.


Adding Suárez to the deal helps solidify the Mariners roster. Suárez hit just .198 last season but still added 31 home runs. He ended the season on a spurt, hitting .370 with a .808 hitting percentage in the final month of the season.

Suárez hit 83 homers and had 207 RBIs in the 2018 and 2019 seasons combined.

Suárez also answers the question of who will step in at third base after Kyle Seager’s retirement. Abraham Toro was acquired from Houston last season but played primarily at second base. Seattle traded for Adam Frazier before the baseball lockout with the idea that he would play second base mostly with some outfield as well.

Toro will likely play a utility infielder role now for Seattle.

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