The trade is the second in less than 24 hours for the Mariners, who sent ace reliever Kendall Graveman to the Astros in a four-man trade that left Mariners players feeling “betrayed.” Seattle only made it to a second-place wild card game on Tuesday and yet they traded their top reliever for a division rival.
“(This) decision makes us a deeper squad today, as well as moving forward,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement after the Graveman trade. “We are certain to be very active in the hours and days to come as we remain committed to taking action that will improve our chances in the last 60 games of the season and hopefully beyond. “
Anderson, 31, is a tenant who owes him the remainder of his $ 2.5 million salary this year. He pitched a 4.35 ERA with 86 strikeouts and 25 walks in 18 starts and 103 1/3 innings. Anderson has long been a stathead favorite due to his ability to induce weak contact and the way he digs his tunnels together.
The Pirates will receive receiver Carter Bins and right-hander Joaquin Tejada in the trade. The 22-year-old Bins are hitting 0.247 / 0.400 / 0.438 with eight homers in 50 games split between High-A and Double-A this season. Tejada, 18, throws in the Dominican Summer League. MLB.com doesn’t rank any of Seattle’s top 30 prospects.
The Phillies deal reportedly sent two prospects – right-hander Cristian Hernandez and wide receiver Abrahan Gutierrez – to the Pirates for Anderson. A medical issue with one of the prospects, however, caused the problem, and although both parties tried to resolve it, they were unable to find common ground. That’s when the Mariners stepped in.
Seattle currently has four starters on the injured list (Justin Dunn, Nick Margevicius, James Paxton, Justus Sheffield). Anderson will join Chris Flexen, Logan Gilbert, Marco Gonzales and All-Star Yusei Kikuchi in the rotation.
At 55-46, the Mariners were one game away from the track and field for second place in the wild card coming Tuesday.