5/25/2018 0 Comments
By: Noah Wright
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Earlier today, it was announced that The Mariners have acquired Alex Colome and Denard Span from The Tampa Bay Rays for right handers Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero. The move comes as somewhat of a surprise, because of how early in the season the trade was made, and The Mariners not being one of the teams speculated in rumors with Colome.
Alex Colome, 29, was originally a starting prospect for The Rays, but took over the closer role in 2016. Since being moved to that role, Colome has thrived, recording a 2.63 ERA, 9.4 K/9 rate, 2.8 walk rate, a .7 HR/9 rate, and a 3.16 FIP, along with 84 saves in 129 innings between 2016-2017. Colome has somewhat struggled in 2018. In 21.2 innings of work, Colome has worked for a 4.15 ERA, and a career high walk rate at 3.3 walks/9. However, the closer may find better fortune if he has a better defense behind him, as he has recorded a 2.69 FIP, a career low.
Outfielder, Denard Span was also included in this trade. The Rays acquired Span from The Giants during the off-season in the Longoria-Arroyo trade. Span, the former Twin, National and Giant has produced middling results since coming to Tampa. So far, the 34 year old has produced a .238/.364/.385 line in 173 PA’s. His OBP is the highest it has been since 2015, when he played 61 games with The Nats.While his defense has slowly deteriorated over the past few seasons, Span posted positive marks in DRS (1), highest UZR (-2.7) since 2013, and highest defensive WAR (exactly 0) since 2014 (also 0).
The two prospects The Rays got in return were Andrew Moore, and Tommy Romero. Moore, 23, was drafted by The Mariners in the 2nd round (72nd overall) in 2015 MLB Draft. Moore has seen limited time in The MLB, with 59 innings in 2017 under his belt. In those 59 innings, Moore struggled, with a 5.34 ERA, 2.1 homerun/9 rate, with just 4.7 K/9, and a 5.65 FIP. However, Moore did post a 1.153 WHIP that season, and has performed well in double-A this season (3.04 ERA, 8.4 K/9, 2.5 walks/9, 1.1 HR/9, and a 1.033 WHIP). Romero, 20, was drafted by The Mariners last year in the 15th round. In his time split between rookie-ball (last year), and A-Ball (this year), The right hander has pitched in 87 innings (22 games/11 starts), with a 2.47 ERA, 10.8 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, and a 1.122 WHIP.