The Seattle Mariners have acquired first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Oakland A’s for minor league outfielder Boog Powell, it has been announced.
Alonso is having a career season for the A’s, and is currently on a one year, $4 million deal. He can be a free agent after the season, and with the A’s in rebuilding mode, it made no sense for them not to deal him. Given his low salary and the fact he’s going to the M’s, who have a fairly high priority on the waiver wire, my guess is the A’s put him on revocable waivers, the M’s claimed him, and a deal got done. (ed. note — Ken Rosenthal confirmed Alonso was claimed by Seattle).
Alonso is hitting .269/.369/.527 on the year. The M’s are a game and a half back of the second Wild Card spot, but are in win-now mode, so this makes a certain amount of sense for them.
Powell, 24, has spent most of the season in AAA Tacoma, although he has gotten a few at bats in the majors. He was acquired by the M’s in November, 2015, in the six player deal that sent Brad Miller to the Rays.