Kyle Lewis trade Diamondbacks Mariners


PHOENIX — The D-backs added a right-handed hitter to their outfield mix on Thursday, purchasing former AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis from the Mariners in exchange for outfielder/catcher Cooper Hummel.

With young outfielders Corbin Carroll, Daulton Varsho, Jake McCarthy, and Alek Thomas all left-handed hitters, one of the D-backs’ goals this offseason was to add a right-handed batter to the group.

Sailors receive: OF/C Cooper Hummel
Received D-backs: FROM Kyle Lewis

Here are some things you should know about trading:

The D-backs are betting that Lewis is healthy and they still believe in his favor

Lewis won the AL Rookie of the Year Award in the 2020 pandemic-shortened season as he hit .262/.364/.437 and showed discipline at the plate.

Injuries to his right knee limited him to just 36 games in 2021 and he played in 18 games for the Mariners last year when he was also briefly sidelined by a concussion.

“We felt like he was a good fit for us,” said D-backs GM Mike Hazen. “We’re taking a chance on a rise with the power potential here, he’s come on base when he’s healthy, and we feel like it’s a good opportunity for us to get some potential impact. He seems healthy at the moment to be, he has finished the season.” healthy. The concussion was a bit of a blip when he got hit, but we’re going to work hard to keep up [his health] and how that fits from a playtime and usage point of view. But if he’s in the line-up, he’s a good fit for our team.”

The D-backs don’t need him to play in the centre

Every inning Lewis played defensively in 2020 came in center field, but now that Carroll, Varsho, McCarthy and Thomas can all play center, Lewis will be used in corner or designated hitter.

“We’re looking at his place as someone who jumps into the outfield and kind of pops and hits clearly from the other side of the plate,” Hazen said. “I don’t believe anyone we sign will play in midfield other than the guys we have on the roster.”

The odds of the D-backs trading one of their young outfielders remain the same

On the surface, the takeover of Lewis seems to make it more likely that the D-backs would trade one of their young outfielders like Thomas or Varsho for help in other positions, but while that’s still very possible, this trade didn’t have no influence on that.

“Nothing has changed,” Hazen said. “This doesn’t change that dynamic. This rounds out the roster, I think a little bit more from a right-left standpoint. Opportunity that could arise for us to continue to improve the roster, we’re going to look at those things.”

Hummel’s trade doesn’t change the calculus behind the plate either

Hummel was used as the team’s backup catcher for the last few months of the season, and he entered the Arizona Fall League to continue his work behind the plate.

However, with or without Hummel, the D-backs planned to look at an upgrade, if not the starting catcher position currently held by Carson Kelly, then definitely the backup role.

Hazen said the most logical outcome is probably for them to find a way to strengthen the back-up position, but as he has said many times in recent months, all options are on the table to improve every aspect of the squad.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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