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The Seattle Mariners acquired pitchers Jackson Kowar and Cole Phillips from the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night in exchange for outfielder Jarred Kelenic, left-hander Marco Gonzales, and first baseman Evan White. Kowar, a former top prospect, was traded from the Kansas City Royals to the Braves last month. The 27-year-old right-hander has struggled to a 9.12 ERA and 2.09 WHIP with 51 walks and 75 strikeouts in 39 appearances (eight starts) over 74 innings pitched with KC since the 2021 season. Kowar will most likely begin 2024 in the minors in Seattle's farm system. Phillips is only 20 years old and had Tommy John surgery in the spring of 2022. When healthy, the former second-round right-hander has a live arm and has the ability to reach triple digits with his heater.
The Seattle Mariners have agreed on a minor-league deal with first baseman Rangel Ravelo on Sunday. It's fair if baseball fans don't know his name as Ravelo hasn't played in the MLB since the 2020 season with the St. Louis Cardinals. After that, Ravelo went to Japan in order to reestablish his value. He signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres last season. Ravelo hit .310/.428/.473 with eight homers and 35 RBI across 203 plate appearances in the minors last season. He's expected to serve as depth to the Mariners roster. He'll receive an invite to spring training and will likely start the year in Double-A or Triple-A, assuming he makes the team.
Seattle Mariners infielder Luis Urias will likely play third base for his new club in the 2024 season. The news comes after Wednesday's trade of third baseman Eugenio Suarez to the D-backs in exchange for right-hander Carlos Vargas and catcher Seby Zavala. Recently acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, Urias has experience at third base, shortstop, and second base in his big-league career, and while his 1,319 1/3 innings at the hot corner are his most at any single position, he does have fairly even playing time at those three spots. The 26-year-old struggled to a .194 average with three homers across 177 plate appearances between the Brewers and Red Sox in 2023 but did swat 39 home runs across the 2021 and 2022 seasons and posted a healthy .789 OPS as recently as the 2021 campaign.
Boston Red Sox infielder Luis Urias has been traded to the Seattle Mariners on Friday. The Red Sox were likely going to non-tender Urias, but instead were able to get something for him. In exchange for Urias, the Red Sox will receive right-hander Isaiah Campbell. Urias was unable to get anything going during his injury-plagued 2023 season. He slashed .194/.337/.299 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 45 games. The good news is, Urias is only 26 years old and has posted good numbers in the past. The Mariners are willing to roll the dice here and might have a possible starting second baseman if Urias can turn it around.
The Seattle Mariners signed right-hander Tyson Miller to a minor-league deal over the weekend. Miller spent the 2023 season with the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets. He became a free agent in October when he was pushed off the Dodgers' active 40-man roster, and now he'll hope to win a roster spot with Seattle in spring training next year. The 28-year-old made 10 appearances in relief last year, allowing eight earned runs while walking six and striking out 10 in 15 1/3 innings pitched. In three major-league seasons, he's struggled to the tune of a 6.97 ERA (5.65 FIP) and 1.55 WHIP with 17 walks and 18 strikeouts in 31 innings over 16 appearances (three starts).