Mariners Acquire Chris Denorfia

The Mariners have acquired Chris Denorfia from the Padres in exchange for outfielder Abraham Almonte and minor league right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen, the teams announced.

Chris Denorfia

Denorfia, 34, is hitting just .242/.293/.319 this season, but he’s a proven weapon against left-handed pitching — a clear point of weakness for Seattle. While he hasn’t hit lefties or righties in 2014, Denorfia is a lifetime .301/.367/.447 hitter against southpaws. He’s also a plus defender at either corner outfield spot and can handle center in a pinch, though defensive metrics don’t like his work there.

The Mariners have hit just .244/.298/.371 against left-handed pitching this season, and their outfielders have been even worse against southpaws, hitting a combined .246/.287/.346. Denorfia is a free agent at season’s end.

Almonte, 24, opened the season as Seattle’s leadoff hitter and everyday center fielder, but he struggled offensively, hitting just .198/.248/.292 in 113 plate appearances before being sent down. He’s been markedly better at Triple-A Tacoma, slashing .267/.333/.390 with six homers and seven stolen bases on the season. Baseball America ranked him as Seattle’s No. 17 prospect heading into the season.

As for the 25-year-old Kohlscheen, he was unranked by BA but is enjoying a strong season between Double-A and Triple-A. The Auburn University product, drafted in the 45th round in 2010, has a 2.70 ERA with 8.7 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9 in 56 2/3 innings of relief work this season.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports first reported that Denorfia was going to Seattle (on Twitter), while Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted Abraham’s inclusion, and MLB.com’s Corey Brock tweeted Kohlscheen’s inclusion.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


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84 Comments on "Mariners Acquire Chris Denorfia"


JCurrie39
11 months 27 days ago

Now go get an arm M’s

Alex Foltz
11 months 27 days ago

for the Wild Card play in game?

JCurrie39
11 months 27 days ago

To get to the Wild Card game.

Alex Foltz
11 months 27 days ago

I feel like they have the pitching to get them TO the WC game, and obviously the pitcher to get them through it. Adding another pitcher would be a lot considering they are no lock to make the actual playoffs.
Plus, they are getting Paxton back Saturday

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

We still need a 4th starter. Elias will be shutdown at the end of August and I wouldn’t count on Walker/Paxton for the playoffs, with their injuries this year.

Danielle Rennifer
11 months 27 days ago

David Price or even Andrew Miller, Price, or Bartolo (plus Napoli & Cespedes) would make sense. Imagine Cespedes playing against his former team on the road in September as a Mariner. That will be something just what Cano experienced going back to the Bronx to play against his former team.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

We don’t need Miller. He’s a bullpen arm and we arguably already have the best bullpen in the majors. The Mariners need another bat (Denorfia doesn’t make me happy tbqh) and a 4th starter if they’re serious about the playoffs.

Danielle Rennifer
11 months 27 days ago

Bartolo or Price would work better than Miller for sure as a second or fourth starting pitcher. Nick Franklin/Brad Miller & Smoak or Montero for Bartolo would work.

Bernard Middlebrook
11 months 27 days ago

For one year + of a 41-year old Colon about to burst? Bartolo doesn’t have that kind of value.

JCurrie39
11 months 27 days ago

Yea I feel like King Felix is that Wild Card game pitcher. But a solid #2 would do a world of good. But I’d rather keep Paxton and the farm.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

Is Iwakuma not a solid #2?

JCurrie39
11 months 27 days ago

Yes but what I meant is they don’t need another Ace. Like Price, or Hamels. Mat Latos would be great for them though.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

We really just need a veteran pitcher that is a solid #3/4.

docmilo5
11 months 27 days ago

and 2 bats. This is a non move. Would rather have Kohlscheen.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

Yeah because he’s been lighting it up in the minors.

docmilo5
11 months 27 days ago

He is doing fine, it’s just that Denorfia is that bad. We already have a Willie Bloomquist type on our team. This only makes sense if they are getting two more bats and Jones is going back to AAA.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

He is a virtual no-name. There’s a reason no one had heard of this guy until the trade.

Edgar4evar
11 months 27 days ago

Whelmed. He’s a better CF than Jones and is right handed, but not a good hitter and doesn’t steal many bases. Might be worth 1 win the rest of the way over Jones. Shouldn’t cost much. Jones needs to go back to Tacoma and play CF every day and remember how to hit for power.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

Jones doesn’t need to hit for power. Jones needs to be able to handle a
breaking ball and see pitches. He is a top of the line-up bat and should
hit 5-10 HR (if that) a season. Getting on base is much more important
for him.

Danielle Rennifer
11 months 27 days ago

At least he’s a pinch runner late in the game.

Salty Dog
11 months 27 days ago

Denorfia is likely going to play a corner OF spot, not center, IMHO. He’s a much better fit there, and the Mariners certainly need to upgrade there with Endy Chavez and Dustin Ackley.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

Ackley has been hitting .400+ in July. He is wrecking right now and hitting more to his true potential. He is probably at best a .280 hitter and he’s moving closer and closer to that, and his defense is catching up to his athleticism too. Endy is just a stop-gap till Saunders is healthy.

Salty Dog
11 months 27 days ago

Yeah, I underestimated Ackley. Forgot he’s having a decent year. But even with Saunders back, Denorfia/Saunders (one at CF) is a pretty sizeable upgrade over Chavez/Jones. I still think it’ll be Saunders in CF, though, and Denorfia in a corner OF spot. Better fit from a fielding perspective.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

Yeah Saunders would be the CF in that situation. I don’t want to move Ackley from LF to CF as he’s been doing better and better as the year goes on in LF.

Baseball Legend
11 months 27 days ago

Nice player. Wrong fit for Seattle.

George Sanchez
11 months 27 days ago

They need to go get price

Danielle Rennifer
11 months 27 days ago

Three team trade w/ the Cardinals or Pirates definitely would work to acquire both Price and a bat that’s is tradable (Cardinals/Pirates).

Danielle Rennifer
11 months 27 days ago

Should of received Tyson Ross w/ Denorfia. Please acquire an arm like David Price from the Rays and either Mike Napoli or Yoenis Cespedes (remember when Mark Langston was dealt from the Mariners to the Expos and to the Angels?) from the Red Sox.

i'm me ..
11 months 27 days ago

Tyson Ross is not available.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
11 months 27 days ago

ya really

Danielle Rennifer
11 months 27 days ago

Okay, but Andrew Miller is as a second tier pitcher. Nevermind, as he’s a bullpen insurance. Colon is also available.

dirtysquirties
11 months 27 days ago

What good is Price going to do if the team can’t score runs? The team already has three extremely good pitchers and they can hardly get the 2-3 runs it takes to win those games.

Red_Line_9
11 months 27 days ago

I’m pretty much waiting to hear the Royals have signed Glenallen Hill out of retirement and are optioning him to Omaha to prepare for the stretch run. Veteran presence! You can’t beat veteran presence… especially when the player is closing in on Social Security

Eric Mack
11 months 27 days ago

Good job Atlanta! Good job! /sarcasm

Dbacksswing73
11 months 27 days ago

Half measures

Jonathan Barlock
11 months 27 days ago

Heres our big bat Mariners fans ROFL

docmilo5
11 months 27 days ago

Here’s our role guy that replaces Stefen Romero and spells Saunders when he gets back and needs a day off. Jackson is a bigger bat, not a BIG bat, but replaces James Jones and is a veteran presence at the top of the order.
Not a bad deadline day in Seattle. Maybe they will be able to grab Napoli on a waiver wire deal since Boston picked up that Adams? from the Cards.

westcoastwhitesox
11 months 27 days ago

Mariners definitely needed more players who hit in the mid 200s and provide no significant upgrade to the offense.

Baseball Legend
11 months 27 days ago

These guys just don’t get it.

docmilo5
11 months 27 days ago

Austin Jackson for Nick Franklin is not getting it?

Luke Castor
11 months 27 days ago

What’s the return on that?

Edit: Heyman says Almonte and “a minor league pitcher”… so, Taijuan Walker, right?

Wayne
11 months 27 days ago

Stephen Kohlscheen

Rally Weimaraner
11 months 27 days ago

Below average bat with a decent glove, Denorfia should fit in perfectly

coreybishop
11 months 27 days ago

What is the deal with the Braves? MINOR improvement players would have made a huge difference to the club. Denorfia, Bonifacio, Cotts, Oliver Perez would have been 4 very solid additions to bolster the club at a relatively cheap price, both in terms of money and prospects. But they have dropped the ball again. Wren needs to go…along with Fredi.

Eric Mack
11 months 27 days ago

I’m ok with Wren, Fredi & hitting coaches need to go though. I just wish people wouldn’t overvalue prospects. Surely we could have given something closer to this or better for a solid bench bat.

Salty Dog
11 months 27 days ago

This is the kind of move the Mariners should be making, provided they didn’t give up much for Denorfia. Even though he’s not a great player, he’s a huge upgrade over Endy Chavez, and you avoid sending top prospects just for a chance at one WC game. Get cheap fixes for your black hole positions. Don’t mortgage the future for a shot at one WC game.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

Except if you improve the offense enough to 4.5ish runs per game, the Mariners become arguably the second most dangerous team in the AL for the playoffs (A’s being the most dangerous after acquiring Lester). I don’t want to have to face Felix/Kuma in the playoffs at all.

westcoastwhitesox
11 months 27 days ago

Someone like you should be running the Mariners.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

I’m not sure if you’re being sarcastic or not. The Mariners need to add a bat to increase the output to around that level (which I might add is SLIGHTLY above the AL-average and .7 runs more per game than we score) and we become a dangerous team. Felix/Kuma/Young (with how he’s been pitching) is a dangerous trio with an average offense.

westcoastwhitesox
11 months 27 days ago

I’m being totally serious. The Mariners have one of the few lock-down aces in all of baseball but they continuously take it for granted, seemingly thinking “next offseason we’ll get some hitters to back up Felix & Co.” Accurately assessing the team’s offensive capabilities, locating the areas of need, addressing those needs, and adjusting strategy to add offense when the original plan fails……………nobody running the Mariners can do any of those things.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

Exactly. Two OF spots look solid if Ackley can hit ~.300 for the rest of the year and Saunders stays off the DL when he comes back. Seager/Cano are locked in at 3B/2B and Zunino/Sucre is a decent C split (Zunino with power and both with good defense). If Taylor can stay afloat with Miller at SS, we don’t need much help there. Logan needs to get his June stroke back (it wasn’t that impossible to hold up as he had like a .300 BABIP iirc) and that leaves 1 OF spot and 1 DH spot. Why I want Zobrist. He can move around (like to SS if needed) and provides a great bat anywhere in the order (except for #4).

rdubmu
11 months 27 days ago

The A’s gave up their biggest Power Threat thou,

Danielle Rennifer
11 months 27 days ago

Wonder if Jack Z & Howard are aware of that deal since the Mariners can get a bat like himself.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

Donaldson, Norris, and Moss are still on the team.

Salty Dog
11 months 27 days ago

But improving the offense to that extent is not easy – probably impossible given the players available – and even if that were to happen, you have a one game playoff, likely against the Angels, who are a very good team. Plus, the Mariners are arguably in the best position to improve their offense without landing a great offensive player. You don’t have to add stars. Subbing in several average players for black holes (e.g. Denorfia for Chavez) results in the same improvement you’d get from one large upgrade.

Just my two cents.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

That’s why I’m hoping the Mariners can snag Zobrist considering we’re in the final 3 for Price apparently. Snagging someone like Zobrist turns us into a somewhat dangerous team (he isn’t that “power bat” we need) and really increases the offense, but isn’t that “big” move. We’ve played well against the Angels and I’d be confident in a 1-game playoff against them.

Salty Dog
11 months 27 days ago

Well yeah, Zobrist would be a great pickup, but how many times does Tampa lose in a trade? And they don’t have to move him. They’d be more motivated to deal Price given his salary, I’d think.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

Zobrist will cost money too. So what if they “win” the trade. A year+ of both Zobrist and Price is worth it for the M’s. We can afford both of them (both with prospects and with money).

Danielle Rennifer
11 months 27 days ago

Add David Price and/or Yoenis Cespedes and perhaps Napoli that will be more dangerous team come playoffs including ALCS between the Mariners & A’s should the team make a deal w/ the Red Sox.

Bernard Middlebrook
11 months 27 days ago

Really? A huge upgrade over Endy Chavez? Donorfia’s splits are WORSE than Endy’s this year! .242/.293/.319 for Denorfia w/ 1 HR vs. .255/.279/.338 for Endy w/ 1 HR.

Rick
11 months 27 days ago

So is it a Cash deal or a trade????

Luke Castor
11 months 27 days ago

It’s a trade. Padres get Kohlscheen and Almonte. I never thought it would be possible to get rid of Denorfia and still lose the trade, but there you are.

DogleggedWalnut
11 months 27 days ago

As I would say I didn’t think it was possible to get Denorfia and not lose the trade, but that isn’t a bad trade for the M’s. Was like “NOOOOOOOO” when I saw it and now I’m like “this better not be the only deal!”

Lefebvre Believer
11 months 27 days ago

I guess they’re hoping he returns to his career averages? Even if he does, not much to get excited about. His career OBP would put him 3rd best on the team.

Jesse Rodriguez
11 months 27 days ago

And now this is how the mariners counter Oakland lol

Rally Weimaraner
11 months 27 days ago

Well Denorfia is a better defender than Endy Chavez….

unclejesse40
11 months 27 days ago

If the M’s wanted an outfielder that could hit lefties they should have called the Royals on Aoki. He is hitting lefties .333

Danielle Rennifer
11 months 27 days ago

What do the Mets need in order of acquiring Bartolo as a fourth starting pitcher between Montero/Hart/Morrison/Smoak and a player? Also, please acquire Cespedes and Napoli from the Red Sox for offense help in spite of sending Peterson or Walker to Boston.