The Marines have acquired righty Nick Vincent from the Padres, per a team announcement. San Diego will receive a player to be named later in the swap. MLB.com’s A.J. Cassavell first reported that a deal was in the works, via Twitter.
Seattle had long been on the look for another middle relief option with a variety of injuries impacting the team’s depth. The out-of-options Vincent was obviously available at a minimum cost, and will slot right into the pen.
Vincent, 29, owns a sparkling 2.63 ERA over 150 2/3 MLB frames, with 9.6 K/9 against 2.3 BB/9. And he’ll be pitching at the league minimum this season before qualifying for arbitration next winter (if he achieves sufficient service time).
That looks like an intriguing package, but there are reasons he was had so cheaply. Vincent doesn’t generate very many groundballs and has a sub-90 average fastball. He may be in for some regression in terms of allowing home runs and saw his control lag last year (3.9 BB/9). Metrics like SIERA (3.90) and xFIP (4.26) took note of such factors in valuing Vincent’s 23 frames in 2015, though they have liked him quite a bit in prior years and it’s fair to note that he was rather dominant over his 50 1/3 innings at Triple-A.
Well, hopefully he gets stationed at Pendleton so he can at least watch a few games. Semper Fi Nick!
Took me a second… Well done
I was going to go with a Chiba Lotte reference, but this was better. Well played.
Beat me to it!
Had a feeling he was the one the Padres would deal. He is a decent pickup for the Mariners. He’ll never be closer material, but his cutter is decent.
PTBNL could be Blash? That way he does not need to be on the MLB roster
Before a Rule 5 guy can be sent to the minors, they have to clear waivers. Even if he gets traded.
Pretty sure blash was already traded to the Padres from the Mariners
And the Rule 5 rules still apply. He can be traded, but not sent to the minors unless he clears waivers.
Blash is already on the Padres. Mariners trades him last year I believe. Plus Mariners owe Padres a player
Blash was a Rule 5 claim by the Athletics, then traded as PTBNL in the Alonso/Pomeranz deal. Presumably Patrick was thinking of it as a trade to allow the Padres to retain his rights if they send him down.
That’s not what’s happening here (and technically couldn’t happen that way), but guessing that was the thought process in the above comments.
I don’t know the Marines had an MLB team! (I kid, I kid)
I wonder who the PTBNL will be?
According to A.J. Cassavell this trade is NOT for the right to send Jabari Blash down to AAA. It looks like they plan to just roll with him for 2016.
Looking at it now that Blash is now on the wire– deal could be worked out