The Oakland A’s traded corner infielder Ryon Healy to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. In return, the A’s receive right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan and prospect Alexander Campos.
Healy, a 2013 third-round pick of the A’s out of Oregon, hit 25 home runs for the A’s in 2017. Splitting his time between DH, third base and first base, Healy posted a 754 OPS in 149 games. He made his major league debut in 2016, hitting .305 with an 861 OPS in 72 games. Healy was also the A’s minor league player of the year in 2016, when he hit .326/.382/.558 with 14 home runs in 85 games for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. He will likely take on the everyday first base role for the Mariners next season.
For the third time in one year, the A’s are sending a power-hitting corner infielder to the Mariners. Last November, the A’s traded Danny Valencia for right-hander Paul Blackburn and in August, the A’s dealt Yonder Alonso in exchange for Boog Powell. In both cases, the A’s got solid return – Blackburn was worth 1.5 WAR in only 10 big league starts and Powell hit .321 and was worth 1.1 WAR in 29 games with the A’s. Both players figure to have a significant impact on the A’s 2018 roster. The A’s hope to get a similarly positive return for Healy.
Pagan will take on a significant role in the A’s bullpen after he had a standout rookie season for the Mariners in 2017. The right-hander appeared in 34 games for the Mariners and had a 3.22 ERA in 50.1 innings. He struck-out 56 and walked only eight. Opposing batters hit just .212 against him. Right-handers hit just .189 against him, with lefties batting .258.
The A’s faced Pagan three times in 2017 and had four hits in 19 at-bats. He held the Texas Rangers to a .133 average in three appearances but the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels both hit him well.
Pagan was a 10th-round pick of the Mariners in 2013 out of Belmont-Abbey in South Carolina. The 26-year-old has pitched exclusively in relief as a pro, posting a 2.45 ERA and a 305:84 K:BB in 257.1 career minor league innings. He served as a closer for most of his minor league career. A fastball-slider pitcher, Pagan projects as a set-up man in the big leagues.
Pagan will join Liam Hendriks and Ryan Dull as set-up men for A’s closer Blake Treinen. The A’s will also have Bobby Wahl back after he missed most of the season with a rib injury, and Frankie Montas will compete for a role, as well. The A’s are light on left-handed relievers — with Daniel Coulombe and Sam Moll as their only current options — and the A’s are likely to add a southpaw to their bullpen before spring training.
Campos is a 17-year-old shortstop out of Venezuela who signed with the Mariners during the 2016 July 2nd signing period. He had a strong pro debut season in the Dominican Summer League, batting .290 with a .413 OBP. Campos has above-average speed and a strong arm. He is likely to come stateside and play in the Arizona Rookie League in 2018.
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