You cannot deny that there is a superb business partnership between the Seattle Mariners and the Cincinnati Reds.
The two teams obviously experience different realities.
The Reds decided to sell well before the start of the season and traded or left most of their good/expensive assets.
As a result, they have a mediocre 42-61 record so far heading into Wednesday’s games.
The Mariners, on the other hand, were on the verge of qualifying for the playoffs last year and bolstered a strong core with a few additions, both before the start of the campaign and before the trade deadline. tuesday.
In both cases, the Mariners and Reds have struck blockbuster deals.
Before the season, the Reds sent Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez to Seattle in exchange for prospects Justin Dunn, Brandon Williamson, Jake Fraley and a player to be named later or cash.
Now, before the deadline — four days ago, in fact — the Mariners brought in star pitcher Luis Castillo in exchange for shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo and right-handers Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore.
Both teams got what they wanted
The second package is actually more impressive than the one the Reds got for Winker and Suarez, but they’re both good.
Now the Mariners 57-49 look set to fight for a playoff berth, and the rebuilding Reds have been able to bank quality prospects and players with reduced service time for their future contention window.
Marte, in particular, is very impressive and could be one of the best shortstops in the league over the next five years.
Seattle, meanwhile, has been relying heavily on Suarez and Winker to win games recently.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 3, 2022
Both men homered Wednesday against the Yankees and look set for a strong second half.
Seattle certainly needs both at the top of their game to arrive in October.