NL Champion AZ D-Vax Third baseman Suarez Trade Reinforces

The National League champion Arizona Diamondbacks have bolstered their offense.

The D-backs and Seattle Mariners completed a trade on Wednesday (Jan. 23).

The Mariners sent third baseman Eugenio Suarez to the D-backs in a two-for-one trade for right-hander Carlos Vargas and catcher Sevi Zavala.

The D-backs released veteran third baseman Evan Longoria, 38, as a free agent. Longoria played in 74 regular-season games due to injury, but started 16 of 17 postseason games. The D-backs needed run production at third base.토토사이트

The Venezuelan-born Suarez, 32, played in all 162 games this year, batting .232 with 22 home runs and 96 RBIs. He also has years left on his contract. He has a $11.28 million salary for 2024 and a $15 million team option for 2025. If the option is not exercised, the buyout is $2 million.

Devils general manager Mike Hazen made trades during last year’s offseason and this season, leading the team to its first postseason appearance in six years and a World Series appearance.

In the offseason, the team acquired left fielder Thaddeus Bashaw from the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Ruedes Gurriel Jr. and catcher Gabriel Moreno, and at this year’s deadline, they made a big splash by acquiring outfielder Tommy Pham from the New York Mets. “It adds a lot of stability at third base. He’s a player we’ve wanted for a long time,” Hazen said of the Suarez trade.

In his 10-year MLB career, Suarez spent seven years with the Cincinnati Reds and was a 2018 All-Star. He is a power-hitting third baseman with 246 career home runs. He hit a career-high 49 home runs in 2019 and has hit 30 or more in a season four times. He’s also a three-time Triple Crown winner with a proportionate amount of home runs and strikeouts. His 214 home runs this year are second only to Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber’s 215. He leads the American League.

The Mariners received right-hander Carlos Vargas, 24, an unproven bullpen arm who has appeared in five games this year. Catcher Sevy Zavala, 30, is the backup.

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