Less than an hour after acquiring lefty Zach Duke in a trade with the Twins, the Mariners announced that they’ve landed right-hander Adam Warren from the Yankees in exchange for international bonus pool allocations. Seattle didn’t specify the amount in its release, though they’re reported to be sending $1.25MM of slot money to New York in the swap. In order to open a spot on the 40-man roster, the Mariners designated infielder Gordon Beckham for assignment.
Warren, who’ll soon turn 31, is earning $3.32MM on the year and is still owed $1.106MM of that sum. That’ll now become the responsibility of the Mariners, who’ll control Warren only until the end of the season, when he’s set to become a free agent.
The move promises to deepen the Seattle relief unit by adding a hurler who has been quite successful while pitching on a big stage in New York. Though Warren struggled in a stint with the Cubs in 2016, he carries a 3.18 ERA in 407 career frames with the Yanks.
This year, Warren has shown an ability to generate quite a few more strikeouts (11.1 per nine innings) than he has over his career (7.9). He is carrying a career-best 11.0% swinging-strike rate, though he has been near that number in some prior seasons. Through thirty frames, Warren owns a 2.70 ERA. While he has struggled a bit against lefties, he has dominated right-handed hitters, who have produced a paltry .169/.246/.271 slash against him.
The veteran Beckham, 31, appeared in 13 games with Seattle this season and batted just .200/.263/.229 in 40 trips to the plate. He’d been with Seattle’s top affiliate in Tacoma, where he’d delivered a productive .305/.406/.469 slash through 315 plate appearances. The Mariners will have a week to trade Beckham, release him or run him through outright waivers in an attempt to keep him in the organization.
For the Yanks, this swap tweaks the club’s pitching mix, as it paved the way for New York’s acquisition of Lance Lynn from the Twins in exchange for Tyler Austin and prospect Luis Rijo. While Lynn doesn’t have an appealing ERA this year, he has loads of rotation experience and thus provides some added protection in that area. Plus, the move effectively allows the club to swap out some of its upper-level talent for far-away prospects, much as it has done in recent trades with the Cardinals and with the White Sox that have brought international spending money into the Yanks’ coffers.
Ken Rosenthal and Emily Waldon of The Athletic first reported the deal (via Twitter). MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand tweeted news of the return.
Yes, this genuinely makes me scratch my head as it’s very likely the Yankees will have to face the mariners in a one game wild card game. Why give them a reliever to bolster their bullpen?
It would be bad enough to send a good reliever to the Indians, the Astros, or the Sox, but the team that could potentially end your entire season in one game? Odd choice to say the least.
I guess the yanks figure Lynn is an upgrade over Warren and they get signing bonus money and wardens salary relief helps offset what Lynn is owed about 2 million
Still I like Warren and don’t agree with letting him go
wait hold on
As a Red Sox fan, I’m not scared of the recent moves they’ve been making
What an insightful contribution.
that was really awesome, I am hysterical here, my sentiments exactly..
cool story, bro.
As merely a fan, I wouldn’t be afraid of any team acquiring anything other than a death eater. That would terrify me. Could you imagine? You’re watching your team play it’s rival – all of a sudden a death eater comes out of the pen and murders the entire crowd? It’d be messed up.
Just call Harry Potter, he’ll take care of it.
Who is Harry Potter?
cousins with Karim Garcia
Meeting Mrs. Karim Garcia circa 2000 was enough proof that wizardry was involved.
come on, there have got to be a few true bloods in attendance. No way would they murder the whole crowd.
Comment of the year.
Yeh Joshua, you should worry more about Nathan E, who basically gets hurt getting out of bed in the AM.
and we’re not scared of Mooooooo Betts!
As a Yankee fan… I don’t care what you think. . Just messing with you
Tyler Austin to Texas for Keone Kela
Tex doesn’t need that useless goon
How’s he a goon? Because Joe Kelly thinks it normal to throw a baseball at him
heck no texas is going to get a good haul for kela he is controlled for 2 more years
Woah surprised by this?
In Cashman we trust
Let’s see if Cashman is greasing the wheels for something HUGE.
International spending and draft spending are the best bargains in the game. The Yankees are loading up.
cashman clearing up salary for something else, or another bat is coming up, or kahnle is coming up
Maybe clearing a 40 man spot with an already loaded bullpen? That’s my guess…for now
that would make room for kahnle to come up
That not a 40-man roster move, Warren is a free agent at the end of the year, Cashmen is working on something else. Reports say Tyler Austin pulled from start, non injury related.
Why? Guess I’ll wait until we find out what the return is and what not… Sucks to see Warren go, he’s been a pretty damn good reliever for them for years.
yeah, that’s why I’m taking a wait and see approach. he’s been productive for the Yankees but got to respect the Mariners for acquiring a couple of pieces to help their playoff chances.
Bold move, we’ll see if it pays off for them.
dont like that they’re sending warren to a team they are directly competing against though and might face in the wild card game
Wonder what CashtheMan
It’s going to get interesting if the Yanks and M’s continue on course for the wild card game and Warren throws a scoreless inning for the M’s in that game.
lol, it always happens like that!!
It is strange that two possible playoff opponents to make a trade so late in the year. Cashman is doing a great job of accumulating int’l bonus pool money. Time will tell as to whether or not this trade hurts come October. Warren has been valuable.
Makes no sense at this point! Trade for Britton and then trade the rest of the bullpen? Explain please
you trade good, to receive better!
Shreve and Warren are the “rest of the bullpen”? On which planet? Gorbulon IV?
Hate to lose Warren but it has been obvious that Boone didn’t trust him as much as Girardi did.
I don’t think Cash gives a crap what Boone thinks
My point was they aren’t using him except mop up so just as well trade him.
Warren was a good spot starter/long relief. I’m puzzled by the move. The guy throws strikes and is a good clubhouse guy. Hope it works out for the yanks.
I don’t care that the Yanks traded Warren. With their bullpen he was largely superfluous. I care that they sent a good reliever to a playoff team that needed good relievers. A team they are very likely to face in.a one game playoff.
That might mean more AJ Cole, might mean someone’s getting called up, might mean that Cashman’s trading for someone.
They do still have Kahnle in AAA. Maybe he’ll get recalled?
Seems likely to me. Unless they feel that a 7-man bullpen is enough, which is what they went with last postseason (García, Warren, Green, Kahnle, Robertson, Betances, Chapman)
No room in the Yanks’ bullpen is the problem (very few with options remaining or whose performance justify being sent down)
But why send him to your likely opponent in the wild card game?
They feel the $1.25mm in intl spending is more valuable long-term than potentially facing a slightly above-average arm for six batters in the WC game.
Because if you don’t make the trade, the Mariners will probably find someone else anyway, you’ll face a guy of equal or maybe even better quality in the WC game (assuming that’s even the matchup that happens), and you don’t have that $1.25mil in international spending in your pocket.
The potential to maybe face a middle reliver once down the track, if everything falls a certain way, shouldn’t even be a blip towards making the deal, let alone a speed bump or worse.
Something is cooking.
thank God we don’t have to wait that long to see what’s
Wheelin and dealin Dipito.
M’s really need another starter. Hopefully they pick one up.
I would bet that at least a few Yankee fans thought they were getting Kyle Lewis.
I would hope we did if we give up a quality controllable reliever
I could see Lewis for him and Betances but that would really make no sense.
You’re crazy Lewis isn’t enough to get Betances, let alone with Warren.
Exactly, what the hell has Lewis done?
the trade is just for international bonus money
Give them Felix
so it looks like just international cap money, which i guess is not too had
Said international bonus pool money is part of the return, not the whole return.
i read another report that said it is possibly only for international cap room. there are baseball reports outside of MLBTR, you know that right?
Something big coming?
Warren went to the Cub and then couldn’t get anyone out. Mariners, buyer beware!!
I’ll assume another deal is being worked on such as Kela, Norris, etc. However, Kahnle has pitched well in AAA, so maybe it’s a move to make room for a call up. In 20.1 innings he has 30 k’s and a 2.66 ERA
Shortening the game, bullpen looks a lot better. Love it!
it seems obvious that cashman will make another
move, probably to get an outfielder to rotate and
help defensively and maybe add speed and base
I think the Yankees are simply being realistic as to how many relievers they can have on the squad.
and I would not be shocked if they had German, Loaisiga or Cessa up to take Warren’s spot as a long man. Warren is a FA at the end of the year. It would be interesting to see if it was just a roster clearing move or if they get some worthwhile in return?
I’m thinking they’ll bring Kahnle up.
I don’t understand this move by the yanks
Why????? lol damn
How do you announce a trade of someone and you don’t have the person listed who your getting back?? Who are the Yankees getting?
International spending cash…offloading some of the 40 man roster so they don’t lose them in rule 5 draft and get nothing in return
it shouldnt have anything to do with 40 man as Warren is a FA after this season, right?
May not be the last move so that spot might be needed.
That may be – but it is not even noted above. Just – they moved warren to the mariners?? Obviously bigger things happening.
They might not be getting anyone or maybe its a PTBL
The return must be solid.
This is confusing at best if it’s solely based on getting more pool money. But I’m hearing Tyler Austin has been pulled from his game in the minors, and it generally seems like there’s a bigger fish swimming around these moves. Let’s see.
This makes perfect sense.
1, Warren is a free agent at the end of the season.
2. Tommy Kahnle is a suitable replacement waiting in AAA.
3. They can take this money and have an insane international signing class.
4. Looks like this may just be a precursor to a bigger move.
Maybe another Starter?
Are there any left, lol, oh
Archer. A big bat??
Does anyone think The Yankees will ask CC to come back for another year?
Did he surpass 5 innings only once?
Perfect sense? No. But there is a high upside.
Hope there is more than just International Bonus $ involved
Nope! Complain later.
Yankees are making room for a big move. They are going to sharpen the starting line up and defense then Boston fans should be scared. Brian cashman is a genius
Yanks just opened a roster spot from their pitching for? Something to be added? Warren was a valuable piece for the Yanks. Solid pick up for the Mariners.
I’m going to laugh my ass off when Warren wins the wild card game against the ‘stanks! Go Red Sox!
Wouldn’t be so happy about this if I were you, it’s pretty clear that something bigger is coming.
People like him get joy from the tiniest things…
That would explain by stroking himself makes him happy….
Great move by Jerry!
Clearing salary for a big deal?
M’s have acquired Tuivailala, Duke, and Warren and signed Grimm and Rzepczynski in the past week obviously they need pitching.
Tough to watch a middle reliever that can eat innings go. I would imagine there is a bigger move that wouldn’t affect the Yankees run. Like a starter who has experience going deep in games.
Well simple algebra tells me that Adam Warren is 5 times the pitcher of Brad Brach. Either that of the Orioles sold WAY too low on Brach.
Have to think that the Yankees will be going hard after Victor Victor Mesa since they’re accumulating all this international spending money. Not to mention that Warren was a free agent at the end of the year and unlikely to have been brought back.
Interesting cause Warren hasn’t pitched well outside of the NYY.
As a Sox fan it pains me to say that we will fade out our team just isn’t built to last like the yanks.
Your kidding right? The Sox will pull a blockbuster tm I feel it. If they don’t they will be ok.
Yankees get Wild Card they will lose to Mariners watch
Still waiting on those powerball numbers Nostradamus…
What the fuq is going on here?
Warren and Austin for Lynn and international money?
Oddest trades I’ve ever seen cashman make
Haven’t they traded for this guy once or twice already? It would be entertaining if he goes back the the Yankees in the offseason.
This is the life of a reliever, useful enough to be acquired often, yet not good enough to hold onto for long.
Go Jerry go
did he cry too?
Seems like the Yanks are planning a big splurge in the international market. You are seeing teams over spend in the international market then just paying the penalty in following year. I have to assume the Yanks are doing just that this year while acquiring some extra money to spend before the penalty phase. In the deal with the Cardinals the Cardinals were prohibited from spending more than 300k per player which ultimately prohibits them from signing the most sought after international players. So it wasn’t much of a loss to give up a million in international spending. Correct me if I’m wrong but that would make the most sense to me if I have the rules right