Kyle Lewis Trades Diamondback Mariners


PHOENIX — The D-backs added a right-handed hitter to their outfield combine Thursday, buying former AL Rookie of the 12 months Kyle Lewis from the Mariners in alternate for outfielder/catcher Cooper Hummel.

With younger outfielders Corbin Carroll, Daulton Varsho, Jake McCarthy and Alek Thomas all left-handed hitters, one of many D-backs’ objectives this offseason was so as to add a right-handed hitter to the group.

Sailors obtain: OF/C Cooper Hummel
D-backs obtain: by Kyle Lewis

Listed here are some issues to learn about buying and selling:

D-backs are banking on Lewis’ well being and nonetheless imagine in his benefit

Lewis gained AL Rookie of the 12 months honors for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season when he hit . 262/. 364/. 437 and confirmed good self-discipline on base.

Proper knee accidents have restricted him to only 36 video games in 2021 and he appeared in 18 video games for the Mariners final 12 months when a concussion additionally briefly sidelined him.

“We felt he was a superb match for us,” mentioned D-backs GM Mike Hazen. “We’re on the lookout for some leverage right here with energy potential, he got here on base when wholesome and we really feel this can be a good alternative for us to get some potential affect. He seems to be wholesome now, completed the season wholesome. The concussion was a bit of bizarre when he received hit however we’ll work arduous to remain on high [his health] and the way that matches collectively from a playtime standpoint and a utilization standpoint. However when he is within the lineup, he suits proper in with our workforce.”

D-backs do not want him to play heart

Each inning Lewis has performed defensively in 2020 has are available heart area, however with Carroll, Varsho, McCarthy and Thomas all able to enjoying in heart, Lewis shall be used within the nook or designated hitter spots.

“We’re taking a look at his place as somebody who’s going to leap out of the sector and hit a bit of bit and clearly hit the opposite aspect of the plate,” Hazen mentioned. “I do not suppose anybody we purchase goes to play any heart area exterior of the fellows we now have on the roster.”

Probabilities of D-backs buying and selling one among their younger outfielders stay the identical

Apparently, the acquisition of Lewis would make it extra probably that the D-backs would commerce one among their younger outfielders like Thomas or Varsho for assist at different positions, however whereas that is nonetheless a chance, this commerce would not have an effect on that.

“Nothing has modified,” Hazen mentioned. “It would not change any of these dynamics. It rounds out the record a bit of extra from a right-left standpoint. Alternative that will current itself for us to proceed to enhance the record, let’s take a look at these issues.”

Hummel’s swap would not change the calculus behind the plate both.

Hummel was used because the workforce’s backup catcher for the previous couple of months of the season and headed to the Arizona Fall League to proceed his work behind the plate.

With or with out Hummel, although, the D-backs deliberate to enhance, if not the beginning catcher place presently held by Carson Kelly, then actually the backup function.

Hazen mentioned essentially the most logical end result might be for them to discover a method to strengthen the reserve place, however as he has mentioned quite a few occasions over the previous couple of months, all choices are on the desk to enhance any side of the squad.