The Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves & Milwaukee Brewers are using the trade market to address their needs.
The Chicago White Sox seem to be waiting for teams to miss out on their free-agent targets before pulling off a trade. The Mariners, Braves, and Brewers are not sitting around.
The Mariners finally made the playoffs last season after a long drought. Seattle has pulled off two trades to make sure they get back to the postseason in 2023. In November, they acquired slugger Teoscar Hernandez from the Toronto Blue Jays. It only cost the Mariners a relief pitcher and pitching prospect.
Seattle then traded for veteran infielder Kolten Wong. Those are two veterans that will help the Mariners compete with the Houston Astros in the AL West.
They sent the Brewers Jesse Winker and Abraham Toro back in the Wong deal. Speaking of the Brewers, they have used the trade market to cut some payroll but got some upgrades at positions of need.
Milwaukee traded outfielder Hunter Renfroe in November to the Los Angeles Angels for three pitchers. The Brewers got some bullpen help and a flame-throwing prospect in the deal. The Crew needed players that still had more years under team control, and they got that in Winker and Toro.
The Brewers also needed some more quality bats in their lineup. They accomplished that when they received All-Star William Contreras in a three-team deal with the Atlanta Braves and Oakland A’s.
The Brewers only had to give up a prospect in the trade. Milwaukee got a relief pitcher in the move as the Brewers rebuild their bullpen.
Speaking of the Braves, they got catcher Sean Murphy in the deal. Atlanta had to give up six players, but they got one of the best catchers in the game. Murphy gets added to a young core that can contend for a few seasons.
Plus, the Chicago White Sox were reportedly interested in acquiring Murphy. The Braves pulled off the trade because they had depth at catcher.
The Brewers got a young, good-hitting catcher. The Braves got a top-rated catcher. The White Sox hope Yasmani Grandal can have a bounce-back season. You can see why White Sox fans are frustrated.