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MLB Offseason Round-Up: Giants Acquire Former Cy Young Winner

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This is one in a series of daily articles highlighting the latest news and notes from the MLB offseason. 

There was a big deal that went down between the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants on Friday.

San Francisco acquired 2021 American League Cy Young winner Robbie Ray from Seattle in exchange for right-hander Anthony DeSclafani and former Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger. Seattle also acquired cash considerations in the deal.

Ray made only one start with Seattle last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and isn’t expected back until around the All-Star break. In 2022, the left-hander was 12-12 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts and helped to end the Mariners’ lengthy playoff drought.

DeSclafani was limited to 19 appearances (18 starts) last season with the Giants and finished 4-8 with a 4.88 ERA. He’s only made 24 appearances combined over the past two seasons, but pitched brilliantly in 2021. That year, the right-hander went 13-7 with a 3.17 ERA.

It’s a reunion for Haniger, who was with Seattle from 2017-22. Similarly to DeSclafani, injuries have limited Haniger’s availability the previous two seasons, but he’s been a reliable player when healthy. In his career, the seven-year veteran has a slash of .256/.329/.466.

 MORE FROM THE M’S

That wasn’t the only trade the Mariners executed on Friday as Jerry Dipoto had another busy day in the MLB offseason. They acquired outfielder Luke Raley from the Tampa Bay Rays for infielder José Caballero.

Raley enjoyed a breakout season with Tampa last season. In 118 games, he hit .249 with an .824 OPS to go along with 23 doubles, three triples, 19 home runs, 49 RBIs and 14 steals.

The 2023 season was Caballero’s first in the major leagues. He played sparingly for Seattle, totaling 280 plate appearances across 104 games. He finished his debut season with a .221/.343/.320 slash and stole 26 bases.

OTHER NEWS AND NOTES

  • The St. Louis Cardinals sent outfielder Richie Palacios in a trade to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Andrew Kittredge.
  • The Colorado Rockies signed a pair of free agents to one-year contracts in catcher Jacob Stallings and right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson.
  • Former New York Mets infielder Luis Guillorme signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves.

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