The Seattle Mariners have been linked to a handful of players in recent weeks and as the trade deadline nears, it’s expected to continue. Case in point today as the Mariners are said to have interest in Colorado Rockies outfielder, Drew Stubbs.
Thought at one time to be the Cincinnati Reds center fielder of the future, Stubbs had fallen on hard times in recent years and was eventually acquired by the Rockies who hoped to capitalize on his impressive set of tools. Capitalize they have as Stubbs has proven to be a lightning rod for the Rockies this season which has the Seattle Mariners intrigued.
According to Jon Morosi, Seattle has asked the Rockies about Drew Stubbs’ availability.
Playing half of your home games at Coors Field will elevate your offensive numbers to a point, so Drew Stubbs’ .297 average and 10 home runs in limited playing time can be taken with a grain of salt. However, Stubbs is a right-handed bat the Mariners have so desperately been seeking.
That said, he doesn’t come without his warts as Stubbs is a notorious masher of left-handed pitching but struggles against right-handers. That’s a bit of a problem if you plan to play the veteran on a daily basis, though as a reserve who will platoon, you can’t get much better.
The 29-year-old also has 11 stolen bases this season and has played very good defense in the spacious National League West ballparks.
Colorado would likely do well to sell high and the Mariners could certainly do worse if they were looking for a reverse outfielder.