The Seattle Mariners announced tonight that they have swung a deal for infielder Ryon Healy from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for right-handed pitcher Emilio Pagan and infielder Alexander Campos. Of course, Mariners’ general manager Jerry Dipoto is the first one to make a move this offseason.
Healy will likely slot into the Mariners’ lineup as their first baseman, as his defense over at third base was quite questionable. In 260 innings at third base in Oakland during the 2017 campaign, the 25-year-old sported a DRS of -2, opposed to a DRS of 1 in 307.1 innings at first base.
“Ryon [Healy] brings a power bat to our lineup at first base, while providing the flexibility to play third base,” Dipoto said. “He adds to a growing core of productive young players who impact our present and future.”
Despite Healy’s breakout 2017 season, his time with the A’s was numbered, especially with the big rookie season that Matt Olson turned in, along with a quality rookie campaign that Matt Chapman turned in at the hot corner. Olson slashed .259/.352/.651 with an OPS of 1.003, along with 24 home runs in just 59 games, as Chapman had an OPS of .785 in 84 games in 2017.
Both of the young talents were ultimately blocking Healy. Healy mostly was the team’s designated hitter, but with the declining ability of Khris Davis in the outfield — though his power bat that had 42 home runs in 2016 and 43 home runs in 2017 — it’s been looking like Oakland would want to move him to DH.
In 149 games in 2017, Healy posted a slash line of .271/.302/.451 with 25 home runs, 29 doubles and 78 runs batted in. He’s not arbitration-eligible until 2020 and he won’t be a free agent until 2023, so the Mariners are acquiring five years of team control.
Pagan, 26, made his big league debut with the Mariners in 2017, as he pitched 34 games out of their bullpen. In 50.1 innings pitched, he had a 3.22 ERA, along with a 56/8 K/BB ratio and a WHIP of 0.934.
Campos, who was ranked as the No. 15 prospect in the Mariners’ system, doesn’t turn 18 years old until February 20. In his first season of professional ball, he managed to slash .290/.413/.367 with two home runs, 10 doubles and 26 runs batted in across 59 games with Seattle’s Dominican Summer League squad.