Mariners get All-Star Alonso from A’s

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Seat­tle Mariners ac­quired Al­lS­tar first base­man Yon­der Alonso from the Oak­land Athletics on Sun­day for mi­nor league out­fielder Boog Powell.

The Mariners, who have not been in post­sea­son play since 2001, en­tered a Sun­day dou­ble­header at Kansas City, trail­ing the Roy­als by 1½ games for the sec­ond wild-card spot.

Alonso, 30, is hit­ting .266 with 17 dou­bles, 22 home runs and 49 RBI. He ranks sec­ond among Amer­i­can League first base­man with a .527 slug­ging per­cent­age.

“I feel like it’s a com­pli­ment he brings to our lineup, par­tic­u­larly the left-handed bat and how he pairs with [Danny] Va­len­cia, which they’ve done be­fore,” Mariners Gen­eral Man­ager Jerry Dipoto said. “It’s a bal­ance he brings to our lineup, es­pe­cially look­ing ahead, we’ve got quite a stretch of right-handed starters that we are see­ing over the next three weeks.

“This is some­thing we dis­cussed for a length of time head­ing into the July 31 dead­line. We felt like we were at the goal line to get a deal done. And through the Au­gust trade pe­riod, we were able to com­plete it.” Al­fonso is el­i­gi­ble for free agency after this sea­son.

“He’s had an ex­cel­lent year to this point, an al­ls­tar sea­son, real break­out year for him,” Dipoto said. “We are ac­quir­ing a bat that makes us a dif­fer­ence in the mid­dle of our lineup.

Alonso, a left-handed hit­ter, could pla­toon at first base with Va­len­cia. Alonso has 18 home runs, 40 RBI and a .948 OPS against right-handed pitch­ing this year.

Powell hit .194 in 23 games with three stints with Seat­tle this year. He has spent most of the sea­son with Class AAA Ta­coma, hit­ting .340 in 58 games.

In an­other trade, the Mariners ac­quired right-handed pitcher Ryan Gar­ton and catcher Mike Mar­jama from the Tampa Bay Rays in ex­change for Arkansas Trav­el­ers pitcher An­thony Misiewicz, low-A in­fielder Luis Rengifo and a player to be named later.


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